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January 20, 2010 > India Republic Day celebrations

India Republic Day celebrations

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Shashi Desai

India's 61st Republic Day celebrations will soon be in full swing. January 26 is one of the most important dates in the history of India. Celebrated as Republic Day of India and decreed as a national holiday, on this day in 1950 India became a Republic and its constitution was enacted. Republic Day is celebrated as a great national festival throughout the country, especially in the capital city of New Delhi where a grand parade is held each year. Regiments of the Army, Navy and Air force march in all their finery followed by spectacular displays of cultural heritage from different states of India.

Fremont Hindu Temple will host a Republic Day kids painting competition on Sunday, January 24. Children ages 3 years to 15 years are invited to participate. Participants may choose from any of the given subjects including people, places, nature, animals, culture, Indian Dances, Indian Flag, Indian God and Goddess. Participants are asked to bring coloring supplies; paper will be provided. Winners will receive trophies, awards, certificates from dignitaries at Republic Day ceremonies organized by Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California (FIA) on January 31. Paintings will be returned after judging is done. Register at Temple Office or contact Ajay Bhutoria at (510) 378-0698 or

Honoring fellow citizens of the Indo-American community, the Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California (FIA) will pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to achieve India's independence 59 years ago. "FIA has been celebrating Republic Day and Independence Day events for over 21 years," said Event Coordinator, Sonia Sidhu. As a nonprofit umbrella organization of over 40 Indo American organizations, it represents more than 100,000 Indo-Americans of Northern California.

Republic Day celebration will include National anthems of India and USA and patriotic songs.

Speeches by dignitaries, cultural performances by Indo-American youth will be followed by dinner and dancing to live music. The program also includes a recognition award ceremony. FIA is also seeking association memberships that cover all FIA sponsored events. Details are available at the FIA official website, This event is free for FIA members. For non-members there is a charge of $25 per admission. Call Rajesh Verma at (510) 414 8679, or Brij Chandok at (510) 659 8711 to become a FIA member. For more information call Sonia Sidhu at (510) 938 8668 or write to

Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar (BAVYP) invites all devotees to celebrate the day with great pomp and patriotic fervor. Major highlights of the event include Shreemay Vidya Mandir kid's parade, dance performances, Flag hoisting and food stalls comprising of mouth watering dishes. For more information and participation contact Alka Talati at or call (408) 832-5373.

India's Republic Day Kids Painting Competition
Sunday, January 24
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fremont Hindu Temple
Saraswati Hall
3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont
(510) 659-0655

FIA Republic Day Celebration
Sunday, January 31
6 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Avenue, Newark
(510) 938-8668

BAYVP Republic Day celebrations
Sunday, January 31
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Shreemaya Krishnadham
25 Corning Ave, Milpitas
(408) 832-5373

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