India is a land of festivals and CELEBRATIONS. ICC brings the excitement and experience of three celebrations to Fairfield and Westchester each year.
In India, Holi marks the winter wheat harvest and the beginning of spring. Holi lasts for a day and a night. The night before Holi, bonfires are lit symbolizing good triumphing over evil. The next day, all of India joins in a joyous celebration of rejoicing by throwing colors. The vibrancy of colors unites people and brings positivity into lives.
On April 7, 2019, ICC and the Second Congregational Church joined together to celebrate Holi with a family concert, food, and throwing of colors. Musicians demonstrated the notes of the classical Indian musical scale and asked the congregation to join them in singing them. After a dinner of dosas, a dhol player led everyone to the lawn, colors were passed out and at the countdown, color rained down.
ICC thanks the following Benefactors for making the concert and Holi possible:
Kite flying came to India thousands of years ago. In January, the largest International Kite Festival takes place in Gujarat. Thousands of kites fill the skies to celebrate the end of winter.
In April, 7,500 miles west of Gujarat, ICC celebrates spring with the Annual Kite Flying Festival. Kids young and old fill the Connecticut skies with kites of all shapes and sizes. ICC brings 150 kites to the festival and will host a patang, or fighter kite, demonstration. Award ribbons are given to all high fliers. The town has music, the food concession is open and there are tables for families who want to BYO lunches.
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Co-Sponsors: Greenwich Arts Council, Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation; Smart Kids Toys. Thank you to the Metinko/Kniffen Family for donating 150 kites for the 2019 festival. Kids can enter a free raffle for gift certificates to Smart Kids Toys.
Diwali is a five-day festival of lights which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. It is celebrated with fireworks, diyas (candles), present exchange, mithai (sweets), and family and friend gatherings.
In 2019, Diwali is October 27. ICC will host a Children's Diwali Party on November 3 and sponsor local Diwali celebrations in Darien, New Canaan and Westport. Contact to request a sponsorship proposal.
In October, ICC hosts its annual fundraiser and invites the community to participate in the color, sounds, flavors and festivities reminiscent of an Indian wedding.
ICC's Seventh Annual Gala Benefit will be held on October 19, 2019, eight days before Diwali. This year's theme is "A Celebration of Light." ICC will celebrate Diwali and the thousands of points of light that support ICC.
The gala will feature a cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeurves, a 3-course sit-down dinner catered by Tawa, dhol player, a motivational dancer, DJ Salman, performances by MIT Ohms, Diwali dessert buffets and more. A limited number of children's tickets are available.