Thousands gathered March 10 at the Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, California, to celebrate Holi. Temples and community organizations around
the Bay Area observed the festival, which has become
one of the most popular Indian festivals in the region
after the Indian Independence Day celebration organ-
ized in Fremont.
“No Holi in the Bay Area has attracted so many peo-
ple from different races, castes, religion and nationality,”
said Vikram Bhandari, chairman, Rajasthan Associa-
tion of North America. More than 1,200 people danced
over Thandai (a drink made of dry fruits and saffron-
flavored milk) and sweets.
RANA, which last year celebrated its 25th anniver-
sary, has about 8,000 members.
Bhandari said 10 years ago RANA used to have a
rather staid Holi, where guests applied color to each
other’s foreheads and cheeks. Now it is a free-for-all
with people chasing each other to apply colors.
“This year, more than 20 percent of the crowd was
non-Indians who enjoyed the festival of colors,”
The RANA Holi was organized this year under the
presidentship of Dr Nikunj Mehta. The guests of honor
were Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Fremont Vice Mayor
Anu Natarajan, and San Jose Council Member Ash
Sandip Shah of the Shreemaya Krishnadham temple
in Milpitas, which also celebrates Holi every year, said
the temple event attracts about 700 guests.
Thousands celebrate in Bay Area too
Raas Dandiya a
he Shreemaya Krishnadham temple
At the Rajasthan
Holika Dahan, the symbolic fire, in San Diego
The night before Holi, in Clarksville, Tennessee
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