Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson gave brief remarks at the Asian Indian Festival of Lights celebration held in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindu Asian Indians in Cleveland and Akron. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in Cleveland and Akron areas in Northeast Ohio.
During this Asian Indian festival, Hindus worship their Goddess Lakshmi. This event celebrates the rich cultural heritage and traditions of one of Cleveland’s many diverse communities, and included music, dance and delicious cuisine.
The members of the Federation of India Community Association of Northeast Ohio FICA and the Cleveland community, particularly Asian Indians, enjoyed a social evening filled with cultural and educational activities.
|Picture 6 Asian Indians at diwali at Cleveland City Hall|
|Picture 2 Asian Indians at diwali at Cleveland City Hall|
|Picture 7 Asian Indians at diwali at Cleveland City Hall|
|Picture 3 Asian Indians at diwali at Cleveland City Hall|
|Mayor Frank Jackson at Diwali function|
|Picture 5 Asian Indians at diwali at Cleveland City Hall|
Picture 2: Harsha Rane etc of FICA
Picture 3: Sri Pasumarthy Sreekrishna, Asian Indian Flute player
Picture 4: Frank Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland
Picture 5: Geeta Limaye on violin.
Picture 6: Michael Sreshta, Hira Rane, Venky Venkatesh of FICA
Picture 7: Kalyani Veturi, Kuchipudi dancer from Northeast Ohio.
|The Asian American outreach contact is Le Nguyen 216-664-2319. Youth outreach contacts are James Box and Pastor Grady Stevenson. Hispanic liaison are Lucy Torres and Theasha Dainely at 216-664-6248.|
Photo credit: Ruggero Fatica; URL of media gallery City of Cleveland dated Nov 8, 2013: http://www.cleveland-oh.gov/CityofCleveland/Home/media-gallery/slideshow?id=1400