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India Day 2016: Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Cultural Diversity

By: Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

August 09, 2016

Since 2014, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs has teamed up with Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania (AIACPA) to co-sponsor the India Day Community Fair at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). This past Saturday we welcomed over 15,000 attendees to the India Day Community Fair.

Watch this video from India Day 2016 at HACC, where Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were among the visitors:

AIACPA has held programs for many years to celebrate India’s Independence Day, which falls annually on August 15. Many Indian communities around the commonwealth put together celebrations to commemorate this day. However, you may be asking yourself — aside from the beautiful cultural programs and delicious Indian food, why are these festivals and fairs important?

One of our key priorities as the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is to share our vibrant and diverse Asian Pacific American cultures, traditions, histories and stories with our local communities here in Pennsylvania.

The goal of supporting events such as the India Day Community Fair is to further cultural understanding and promote Pennsylvania as a welcoming state and a great place to live and work.

If you are interested in taking part in an upcoming India Day celebration, please check out:

  • Saturday, August 14th India Day – Unity in Diversity 11:30am-3pm @ Cathedral of Learning in Oakland, Pittsburgh

    Our very own Vice Chair Kannu Sahni will be hosting this event with the University of Pittsburgh and the Indian Nationality Room join in for festivities which include a parade flag hoisting, cultural programs and delicious food!

  • Saturday, August 20th Festival of India – 1-6pm @ the Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

    Enjoy authentic Indian dance, music, cuisine and experience a glimpse of Indian culture and heritage.

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