PROVIDENCE, RI- India celebrates its 75e Independence Day August 15, 2021. To commemorate this historic day, a gala was held August 14-15 at Rhode Island State House.
The Federation of New England Indian Associations and the Indo-American Community, along with other New England partner organizations, is very proud to host the two-day celebrations for the Indian community living in the United States. . This is a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of the community to the world and to express their dedication to their common home country.
When the sun is fully down and the wind is calm, the mega celebrations will begin on Saturday, August 14, with the Indian tricolor lighting of the “Capitol Hill” building at Rhode Island State House. True to the tradition of lighting up the dome to mark special events throughout the year, the building will light up around 8:30 p.m. EST until 5:00 a.m. on August 15 EST. Keep your eyes up to the sky as you pass the dome for a beautiful display of color. You can also join us outside the building for a spectacular musical performance as the building is illuminated with the magnificent Indian tricolor.
On Sunday, August 15, the event will officially begin at approximately 8:30 am The Honorable Governor Daniel McKee of Rhode Island will honor the occasion as the main guest. The program will begin around 9:00 a.m. singing the US National Anthem first followed by the Indian National Anthem. The Honorable Governor will then open the event by presenting the American and Indian flags, to pay tribute to the two greatest democracies in the world, followed by his short speech to the audience. There will be a formal meeting of esteemed guests and dignitaries.
The FIA will also take this opportunity to recognize and reward seniors and young volunteers, who have made a significant contribution through their community service. They will receive an award from His Excellency Daniel McKee.
There will be some time to move between sessions. Therefore, there will be a short break for snacks and refreshments. To make the occasion more special, the organizers have handpicked Indian and local cuisines for a great dining experience.
The event will resume with a cultural program, true to the tradition of showcasing Indian art and culture. There will be a music concert and other surprise items to make your experience unique and entertaining.
Contact Abhishek Singh, President, FIA, New England, for more information regarding the cultural program or event. Email: [email protected] Mob: 573.821.1785. or follow the FIA facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FIANewEngland/ Or see the event on https://www.facebook.com/groups/15thaugust/
It has been a difficult year after the pandemic for the community to celebrate an event of this magnitude. Therefore, following all social distancing guidelines, the FIA planned to broadcast the event live via zoom to nearly 2.5 million people in New England.
We believe it will be a successful event with strong support and teamwork made up of organizers, sponsors and volunteers. We look forward to hosting this great event for the entire New England community.
The organizations supported are
RHODE ISLAND INDIA ASSOCIATION,
HINDU WORLD COUNCIL OF AMERICA, NEW ENGLAND
TEAM AID, NEW ENGLAND
SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH HINDU UNITED STATES, NEW ENGLAND
BJP OVERSEAS FRIENDS, NEW ENGLAND
RHODHE TAMIL SANGAM ISLAND
RAJPUT ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA, BOSTON
GUJRATI ASSOCIATION OF NEW ENGLAND
PATIDAR SAMAJ FROM NEW ENGLAND
SAMARTHANAM-USA, NEW ENGLAND
SEWA INTERNATIONAL-USA, NEW ENGLAND
NRI WORLD ASSOCIATION, NEW ENGLAND
BIHAR JHARKHAND ASSOCIATION OF NEW ENGLAND
TAMIL NADU FOUNDATION, NEW ENGLAND