Discover India by India Association of Phoenix
Overview: India is a land of celebrations. Being an agrarian economy, India (and Indians) understand the importance of Mother Earth’s natural cycles. The earth renews itself through the cycle of seasons, and every season helps maintain the delicate balance of the natural ecosystem. It is through this renewal that we find sustenance and growth. Therefore, Indians welcome and celebrate each new season with festivals that mark the changes in the natural world. This November, we invite you to experience all four seasons Indian style!
The Discover India zone will encompass four distinct areas – Spring, Summer/Monsoon, Fall and Winter. Each area will showcase (via booths, poster sessions and exhibit set ups) festivals that are celebrated annually during that season. Notably, the exhibits and booths will showcase the unique regional flavors whereby each region/state celebrates the festivals.
Live Performances: Our beautiful stage will showcase local and invited artistes who will bring to life ritual performances and traditions that are an essential part of the festivities. For example, chendamelam (a percussion ensemble) from Kerala, dandiya raas (dancing with sticks) from Gujarat, Kavadiattam (burden dance) from Tamil Nadu, Lezium drill from Maharashtra, etc. There will also be a family friendly fashion show that will highlight festive wear from different regions of India.
Workshops and Contests: There will be art contests for children where they will be asked to depict celebratory scenes relating to various Indian festivals, a rangoli contest, and a pookalam (ritual flower arrangement) contest for the artistically inclined guests.
Our fun family friendly workshops include a kite making/decorating tent, a clay idol (Ganpati) making tent, and several festive food cooking sessions.
Grand Finale: Our grand finale will be a parade around the park with floats depicting various regional festive art and rituals.