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Unity Dinner: a tapestry of colorful cultures
Indo American Community Federation (IACF) is celebrating its 13th annual ÒUnity DinnerÓ on Friday, March 21 at India Community Center in Milpitas. The non-profit IACF was founded in 1994 as the first Indo-American organization to work with diverse groups and build partnerships with other non-profit organizations. Its mission is to promote unity by networking, collaboration, learning, volunteering, and sharing between all communities.
IACF founder Jeevan Zutshi remarks, "It was January of 1990 when reportedly 300,000 Kashmiris were driven out of Jammu and Kashmir State in northern part of India. Whoever it was, whatever was behind driving them out, these were my own, quite educated and law abiding citizens of India. They had to flee from their homes overnight just to stay alive! I spent two decades of my young age in service of this community, raising awareness of their human rights and educating lawmakers in Washington.
Man Winter, missing in action
While howling at the midsection, southern and eastern regions of the United States, OlÕ Man Winter appears to have been unfocused and inattentive to California. Weather forecasters have unleashed a torrent of new terms for the public such as Arctic Blast and Polar Vortex to describe the especially vicious winter weather Ð cold, snow, freezing rain, thunder snow, etc. - that has attacked residents of the rest of the United States.
The flip side of this coin is the scarcity of winter weather in California; the Bay Area in particular. Although recent wet weather is good news, the heart of the rainy season did little to quench state water demands. The months of December and January usually feature a series of low pressure systems aimed at California, sending waves of rain to coastal regions and snow to the Sierras. For the past three years, Òstorm doorÓ openings have been erratic and brief; the winter of 2013-2014 has, for the most part, remained temperate and dry. Even a repeat of the Miracle March of 1991 that helped alleviate water woes of an extended drought that began in 1987, will not solve critical shortages of this third abnormally dry year.
Holi Fest spreads color and harmony
Holi, a festival of colors, celebrates the change in season when the earth moves from winter into spring, a time when nature becomes colorful. Children and adults alike gather to enjoy food, dancing, and music. An anticipated tradition occurs when people joyfully and playfully spread colorful dry powder on each other. The tradition represents acceptance and harmony, acknowledging that everyone is part of the human family.
Brought from India where it is widely practiced, Holi is rooted in a religious tradition, but has developed as a cultural and social event. Falling this year on March 17, Tri-City and South Bay organizations will begin celebrations on March 16.
At the Fremont Hindu Temple, Holi will be celebrated in the parking lot. According to Taruna Chhabra of the temple, thousands of people have attended in previous years; color packets are available for a donation. The event is open to the public and a free lunch will be served.
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