Diwali celebrated by Indian Americans in Sacramento, California  

One of several cultural performances at the Nov. 5, 2023 Diwali celebrations in Sacramento, California. PHOTO: Courtesy Suvidha International Foundation

On November 5, 2023, Suvidha International Foundation (https://suvidhainternational.org/) and Overseas Volunteers for a Better India (OVBI) hosted the Diwali festival in the City of Rancho Cordova, which is located near Sacramento. More than 2,000 Indian Americans attended the event, a press release said.

According to organizers, the festivities served as a unifying force, bringing together the diverse and vibrant community. The event, attended by over two thousand people from various walks of life, beautifully highlighted the essence of unity in diversity and the joyous spirit of the Festival of Lights.

City of Rancho Cordova Councilmembers Siri Pulipati and  Garrett Gatewood were present and interacted with participants, enjoying and connecting with the Indian American community.

The event featured a variety of attractions including a special fireworks display, cultural performances by the Gongura Group, and Indian movie songs, kathak dance by the Light of Dance Academy, all emceed by Anupriya and the young and vibrant emcees, Abhignya and Namith.

There was a photo booth sponsored by Maalika Decors,  a costume competition with Diwali-themed outfits, children’s carnival games hosted by the Art of Living Foundation’s adult and youth volunteers. Add to that mouth-watering delicacies from local vendors, and family friendly activities rounded up the festival.

organizers and participants in the Diwali celebrations in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, California, Nov. 5, 2023, hosted by Suvidha International and Overseas Volunteers for a Better India.

The lead organizers including Suvidha International Founder and President Bhaskar Vempati, Shobha Rao, Vandna Sharma and Venu Acharya thanked the City of Rancho Cordova, City of Rancho Cordova Park’s Department, attendees, sponsors, talented performers, and dedicated volunteers for their contributions.

Local Annapurna Foundation’s rep Venu Acharya extended his sincere gratitude to all the sponsors, food vendors, businesses, non-profit stalls, and the henna stall for their contributions, including Reliance SuperMart, Bakery Bites, SMUD, Shashi Devaraju Realtor, Shankar Pathy Realtor & Loan Officer; Curry Plaza Folsom; Ravacons; Nag Dondapati Realtor, Vijay Bhupathi Realtor, Maalika Decors and The Light of Dance Academy.

From the event organizing committee, Shobha Rao and Vandna Sharma thanked cultural performers and costume competition participants.

Suvidha International Foundation and OVBI thanked the numerous volunteers.

Suvidha International Foundation (https://suvidhainternational.org/) drives a wide range of service projects including providing educational support to more than100 disadvantaged students,  constructing river rejuvenation projects and planting trees that benefit over five million farmers, empowering youth and women through various programs, providing food and essential items to neglected children and senior citizens, and promoting educational, youth empowerment and volunteering activities. 



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