Diwali Puja 2016..............................................Sarita Deshpande
This year's Diwali Puja was held on October 29th at India Center. The hall was decorated with red and golden valances on the windows and the backdrop of Goddess Laxmi was draped with beautiful pink and purple curtain. The festive atmosphere was in the air by sprinkles of these beautiful and colorful decorations. The decor got an added pinch of sugar of wonderful diyas arranged in a creative manner. Attendees gathered with festive clothing and more importantly with a great, happy vibes.
Karvachauth 2016 .......................................................................................Bhumika Seth
The annual event was a success with over 40 women participating in the evening puja. All of the married women, dressed in their beautiful clothes had been observing their fast during the day and waiting for the moon to appear. Many stayed after the puja to enjoy a dinner with their families catered by Bollywood Grill. This event has been held for 3 years at the ISW Center and each year it grows with new faces being welcomed to the community.
Navratri Garba at Oak Middle School ..............................Ragoo Raghunathan
Happy Navrathri to all! Hope your festival season started out as good as it did for us at ISW. As always, the ISW was one of the first to organize a 'Garba Night' in the area. Decorations started at 5pm at the Oak Middle School gymnasium in Shrewsbury, and registration table and food set up by 7.00pm. That is when the people started pouring in. Last year we had the first Garba in town, but this year there was another one scheduled on the same day. However, we were hoping that the community we know and have spent a lot of time with during all other ISW activities will show up. As it hit 7:30 pm, people started pouring in - couples, families, friends and extended families and neighbors alike. By 9pm we had more than 700 people get in with either tickets they had reserved online, or bought at the registration desk. Guests were happy that they could also buy dandiyas at the door, and the pile of dandiyas we had disappeared very soon.
IYG, the youth group of the India Society of Worcester has been actively volunteering at Spirit of Shrewsbury (SOS) for a number of years. This year teh SOS Expo was on Saturday, September 24th. The SOS depends on IYG volunteers every year to help the Expo and craft vendors unloading their stuff and guiding them to their booths.
On Sunday, September 25th 2016 , 20 IYG members participated in Cancer Walk at UMASS in Worcester. The kids raised $200 towards this cause. IYG has been participating in the Walk for Cancer for 10+ years. In addition to raising money for cancer, members’ bond with each other during the Walk.
Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival .........................Ragoo Raghunathan
India Society of Worcester participated in The Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival as it has done for the past many years. SOS is a town wide celebration featuring unique handmade items at the craft fair, a scarecrow contest & display on the Town Commons, the Oak Street Expo featuring non-profit organizations and businesses, a 5-K race/funwalk, Family FunFest, Kids Got Talent, plus a lot more ending with a parade from Beal School to Oak Middle School.
Like every year, this year also the Oak Street Expo was a huge hit. The Indian Society of Worcester had a booth this year as well at the expo. Two tables covered with traditional table cloth were set up, and various artifacts from India were displayed for visitors to see and learn about the culture and practices in India. A Tajmahal replica, some miniature traditional dolls and musical instruments, the famous Charaka were there for people to see and learn about. Many people stopped by and talked to us and the kids in the booth who were applying mehndi
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