India Day Celebrates Sites, Sounds, & Flavors of India

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Want to introduce your family to the culture of India? If you have never been to the India Day Celebration, you will not want to miss this year’s celebration.

On Saturday, August 20, 2022, the India Association of Greenville hosts its 6th annual India Day and celebrates the 76th India Independence Day. Events for the day will take place at the TD Stage Wyche Pavillion at the Peace Center in Downtown Greenville and all activities are FREE. The event starts at 9 AM and goes until 10 PM.

Something for Everyone at India Day

India Day features several family-friendly events and activities, including: 

  • Interactive cultural exhibits
  • Vendors of Indian arts, spices, clothing, and other items
  • Henna
  • A kids area sponsored by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • Live Indian music
  • Indian food
  • Bollywood Dance Party at 7:30 PM
  • And more!

Indians Enrich the Cultural Fabric of the Upstate

According to the Migration Policy Institute and US Census Bureau, Indians are one of the largest immigrant populations in the United States with more than one million Indian-born immigrants in the United States. The Upstate is home to more than 3,000 Indian immigrants. According to Tellur, this celebration is a lot of fun for kids and also allows locals to learn more about India: “For second-generation Indian immigrant children, this celebration gives them a chance to connect to their roots, know their culture, understand the importance of Indian independence, and see the similarities of Indian and US independence. And for everyone, events like this give us a chance to raise understanding about India’s democracy and its diversity. People are usually surprised by how diverse it is!”

India is home to more than a billion people and includes 29 states, 24 recognized languages, and several religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Sikhism. India is also the most populous democracy in the world. One member of the IAG and a past organizer of this event Neelu Matai explains that India Day highlights these unique cultural aspects of India, but it also brings everyone together, regardless of where they are from. “This is really about getting to know and celebrate India,” explains Matai.  

This event is held in August to dovetail with Indian Independence Day which is celebrated annually on August 15. It commemorates India’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, just 75 years ago. 

Learn more

To learn more about India Day, visit the India Association of Greenville website. We recommend monitoring the India Association of Greenville’s social media accounts in case of rain and alterations to the events schedule.

Have you been to the India Day Festival?

About the Author
India Menon is a native New Orleanian married to a South Indian immigrant. They have lived in Greenville since 2011. A former educational researcher, she is now a stay-at-home parent to two children and helps organize a local Meetup group for stay-at-home moms. Fueled by coffee and good humor, she enjoys playing outdoors, cooking, eating, reading, and plenty of Pinterest fails.

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