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Diwali celebration in America, Indians celebrated Dussehra in Houston, 10 thousand people attended

Houston: The grand festival organized on Diwali-Dussehra in Houston, USA is showcasing the culture, heritage and values ​​of India in a unique way. The festival, held here in Texas, attracted a record 10,000 people, including people from different walks of life and ethnicity. The 11th Grand International Diwali Dussehra festival has been organized at ‘Constellation Field’ in Sugar Land, a suburb of Greater Houston. Several officials, including US lawmakers, judges, mayors and commissioners, attended the celebration on Saturday.

Organized by Shri Sita Ram Foundation (SSRF), a non-governmental organization, this huge festival is being celebrated since the year 2012, but in the last years its magnitude has increased a lot. The Foundation has found an innovative and unique way of sharing Indian Vedic culture and values. Last year, it launched an effort to emphasize the Diwali message of ‘the triumph of good over evil’ by including consuls general from 15 countries in the Dussehra parade.
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Governor attended the parade
This year, Texas Governor Greb Abbott, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Consul General of several countries attended the Dussehra parade. The venue, the football stadium, has been beautifully decorated and lights of various colors have been arranged in it. Apart from this, dishes from every corner of India were served in the ‘Food Bazaar’ here. During this, folk dance and Indian martial arts were performed on stage. Children dressed in colorful outfits, showcasing different characters, were also seen on the stage.

Event organized to introduce you to the culture
Moonwalk, balloons, horse riding, face painting etc. were arranged for the children. Here a 24-feet high statue of Lord Hanuman and a 35-feet tall statue of Lord Rama were installed next to the stage. When a play was staged in English based on Lord Rama and his last battle with Ravana, the audience was mesmerized to watch it. SSRF President Arun Verma said, “We are trying to showcase, introduce and create awareness about India’s rich and vibrant culture and moral values ​​to the Indian community and all Americans. ,
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Many people could not get admission
Verma told ‘PTI-Bhasha’ that this year in view of the overwhelming response of the people to this festival, we may have to move this festival to a bigger venue, because the capacity of this football stadium is limited to 10 thousand spectators, due to which Many people had to be refused entry. Mayor Turner led the parade in Houston along with Consul General of India Aseem Mahajan and others. The parade was attended by representatives of about 100 Consul Generals, who represent many countries.

Amrit Mahotsav of Independence celebrated
This year’s celebrations also saw the celebration of ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence. Since the November election has come to a close. So many candidates such as Beto O’Rourke, who is in the fray for the governorship of Texas, greeted the Indian American community on the stage. A 25-foot-tall effigy of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnath were burnt during Ravana Dahan. .

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