Celebrating Culture: Himachal Day
Five hundred people—Himachalis and friends of Himachal Pradesh—gathered for the first ever Himachal Day in the U.S. at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. A Siliconeer report.
(Above): A young performer entertains the audience during the Himachal Day celebration. [Siliconeer photo]
Over 500 Himachalis and friends of Himachal Pradesh gathered at the India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif., to celebrate the first-ever Himachal Day in the U.S., according to a press release from organizers.
Himachali dances, culinary delicacies, music, folk fashions were on display and Kulu shawls and caps were on sale. ICC dedicated June as “Himachal Month” and is holding displays of Himachali crafts, paintings and pictures till June 30.
(Above): Dressed in a traditional attire, Mahesh Nihalani (c) was one of the main organizers. [Siliconeer photo]
Rajan Zed, who read the first Hindu prayer in the U.S. Senate, was the guest of honor and was recognized by Cupertino, Calif., Vice Mayor Kris Wang. Wang said that it was events like these that brought communities together.
Ash Kalra, member of the San Jose City Council, said he was happy to see that the South Asian community celebrates its culture with everyone. He also commended ICC for supporting these state events.
Former Cupertino Mayor Sandra James and Steven Ting, president of the Rotary Club of Cupertino, also attended.
(Above): Dressed in a traditional attire, these residents performed a traditional Himachal dance showcasing the culture of India's mountain state. [Siliconeer photo]
The coordinating committee which organized this colorful event included Mahesh Nihalani, Asha Sharma, Vishnu Sharma and Dr. Meena Patyal. The event was hosted in collaboration with My Himachal, a nonprofit made up of people from Himachal Pradesh and its friends worldwide.
“Our very first Himachal day was successful beyond our expectations and we were so happy to see people from all different cultural backgrounds come together and celebrate. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to ICC for their support.” said Mahesh Nihalani, one of the main organizers.