HOUSTON, TEXAS, November 10, 2023 (Indo American News): The 12th International Diwali-Dussehra Festival, organized by the Shri Sita Ram Foundation, USA, unfolded in a grand spectacle, leaving a lasting impression on attendees, including local dignitaries and consul generals from nearly a dozen nations. This vibrant celebration of culture and tradition took place at the new state-of-the-art Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenberg, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. The festival, a representation of the rich Indian heritage in the U.S., garnered overwhelming attendance, uniting individuals in the spirit of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The event featured exceptional stage performances, including the Shiv Tandav Dance, a mesmerizing Lion Dance from Vietnam, and an enchanting Egyptian Dance that left the audience in awe. Twenty-six children participated in a talent show, showcasing their skills in singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments.

The star of the show was the presence of Padma Bhushan His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami, a Vedic scholar who flew in from India to grace the occasion with his discourse and blessings. Swami ji said he was astonished that an event of this grandeur and scale could be organized in North America. Also in attendance were 11 Consul Generals from different countries – for example, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. The Consul General of India, D. C. Manjunath, served as the Grand Marshal of the parade, emphasizing the festival’s growing importance in the cultural landscape of Houston and the U.S. “This event has become a significant part of Houston’s cultural landscape, showcasing the essence of Diwali through Ramlila, diverse dance forms, and vibrant community participation,” Manjunath said. “It’s now an eagerly awaited annual celebration, appreciated worldwide for its message of light over darkness.”

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