With the largest population of Indian-Americans in California, the hidden gem in Silicon Valley Santana Row celebrated India Day and Diwali in early October, the ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. From chef demonstrations to cultural dances and dramatic performances, the streets of San Jose transformed for a few hours and immersed the passer-bys into the beauty of Indian Culture.

The culture of India is the way of life of the people of India. India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture, often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, yoga and Indian cuisine, that have had a profound impact across the world, came together for the mere few hours to the beautiful streets of San Jose.  Here is a little bit of India trivia :

India, the most populous country in South Asia, is a peninsula. Bounded by Nepal and the Himalaya mountains to the north, Pakistan to the northwest, the Indian Ocean to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west, and the Bay of Bengal to the east, India occupies about 1,560,000 square miles.

Second in population only to China, India is home to around 900 million people of diverse ethnicity, religion, and language. About 82 percent of all Indians are Hindus. Approximately 12 percent are Muslims, while smaller minorities include Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Zoroastrians. While official Indian languages include Hindi, which is spoken by about 30 percent of the population, and English, hundreds of dialects are also spoken in India.

India's capital is the modern city of New Delhi in northern India, and its flag is the "tricolor," which boasts three equal stripes of orange, white, and green. The white stripe is in the middle, and has at its center a wheel or chakra. This chakra originates from a design that appears in a temple in Ashoka. It was popularized by its use on Mohandas Gandhi's political party flag during the Indian independence movement.

In many accounts, immigrants to the United States from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are referred to as Asian Indians. The first Asian Indians or Indian Americans, as they are also known, arrived in America as early as the middle of the nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, about 2,000 Indians, most of them Sikhs (a religious minority from India's Punjab region), settled on the west coast of the United States, having come in search of economic opportunity. The majority of Sikhs worked in agriculture and construction. Other Asian Indians came as merchants and traders; many worked in lumber mills and logging camps in the western states of Oregon, Washington, and California, where they rented bunkhouses, acquired knowledge of English, and assumed Western dress. Most of the Sikhs, however, refused to cut their hair or beards or forsake the wearing of the turbans that their religion required. In 1907 about 2,000 Indians, alongside other immigrants from China, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Italy worked on the building of the Western Pacific Railway in California. Other Indians helped build bridges and tunnels for California's other railroad projects. Today the population of Indian Americans in California alone exceeds 158,000 people.




^^^ though Evyianne was in a "teething mode", the colors and happenings of the festival got his Xplory-ations mood to perk up. and how could he not in a stylish ride like that, right? ^^^



^^^ The best seat in the house, no doubt about it ^^^



^^^Classical dance forms representing Indian traditions from across the country included invocations, Ras Lila from Manipur, Giddh and Bhangra from Punjab, Garba and Dandiya from Gujarat, Kathak from the Lucknow Gharana, Ghumar and Jhumar from Rajasthan, Kathakali from Kerala, and contemporary fusion dance. Any dancer who has been exposed to a few ethnic dance techniques, I was blown away by the beauty that was presented to the audience. And to make things even better, performers mingled with the audience members and discussed their art forms, differences and the dedication that goes into it.^^^



^^^ reason 1983209348 x infinity why i love our stokke stroller : no seat to watch the show? no problem. just flip your stroller. and it comes with built in shade too. those are the times i wish i was a baby too ^^^



^^^ Indian americans in their traditional clothing transformed the streets of santana row ^^^



^^^ seemed like the weather got the memo too: Silicon Valley got the heat wave just in time for India Day celebration, with temp hitting high 90s that day. too bad we missed that memo. we were not dressed to the occasion. ^^^



^^^A fashion show presented by leading Bay Area designers: Aateka Sultana ,Vama Designs, Celebrations Jewelery, CBazar, and Chona Pike Designers wowed the multicultural crowd with colorful creations.^^^



^^^ traditional indian Rangoli made out of colored rice, has very interesting origination. Rangoli is named differently in different Indian states like in South India it is called Kolam, Madana is Rajasthan, Chowkpurna is the name of rangoli in Northern India, Alpana in Bengal, in Bihar it is called Aripana, and so. According to the earliest disquisition or treatise on Indian painting, named Chitra Lakshana, a king and his kingdom were extremely grieved on the death of the high priest's son. Everybody along the king offered prayers to the creator of the universe, i.e, Lord Brahma for giving life to the boy. Brahmaji, being moved by the prayers of these people, came and asked the king to paint a likeness of the dead boy on the floor. He then put life into the portrait, thus relieved the entire kingdom from its sorrow and pain. This mythological tail is considered the scriptural evidence of the origin of this beautiful Hindu art, named Rangoli.

'Rangoli' is a Sanskrit word, signifying a creative expression of art by means of colors. In ancient times, beautiful rangoli patterns and designs were made on the entrances of Indian homes for beautifying them and welcoming the guests. Besides a creative expression of art, they were also considered a symbol of good-luck.

Although rangoli is made on many occasions in India, but the Diwali festival witnesses the greatest use of rangoli. People made rangoli on the entrance doors of their homes on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, not only to welcome guests, but goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth and fortune).

The formation of an ideal rangoli art demands the attentive use of vibrant rangoli colors on a properly broomed and cleaned floor. However, rangolis are simple two-dimensional designs, but even the modern three dimensional art becomes graceless before them. Freehand use of vivid colored powders is made while making a rangoli. The most common way of making a rangoli is to pinch the thumb and the forefinger and let the color to freely run out from the gap.

Rangoli was one of the major decorations or embellishments in the ancient times, but they have not lost their charm even in the modern context. These traditional embellishments are still used in India on various festivals and special occasions like marriages, birth ceremonies, and so on.



*** as always to answer your questions: stroller - stokke xplory from stokke connection line ( which i absolutely love) in beige melange with an umbrella, cat backpack - baby gap, clip-on toys - haba usa, jeans and blouse - madewell, shoes - kate spade, bag - petunia ***

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