India is a land of festivals and CELEBRATIONS. ICC brings the excitement and experience of three celebrations to Fairfield and Westchester each year.
KITE FLYING FESTIVAL
Kite flying came to India thousands of years ago. Today, kites are flown on Independence Day, August 15. 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, 7500 miles west of Gujarat, ICC celebrates spring with the Annual Kite Flying Festival at Greenwich Point. Kids young and old fill the Connecticut skies with kites of all shapes and sizes. Families can learn to fly a patang, an Indian fighter kite. ICC has henna tattoos and bindi for younger children. 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.
April 21, 11:00am
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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 100 patangs to the 2018 festival. Kids can enter a free raffle for gift certificates to Smart Kids Toys.
7 Tods Driftway, Old Greenwich
FREE. No beach pass required.
Diwali is the five-day festival of lights which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. A Hindu festival, all of India celebrates by watching fireworks, lighting candles and diyas, exchanging presents, dressing up, sharing sweets – mithai – and feasting with family and friends.
ICC invites families to celebrate this most Indian of Indian celebrations and take part in lantern making and rangoli, enjoy performances, and eat well. Diwali occurs on the night centering the new moon – the darkest night. In 2018, Diwali is November 7.
Date and venue to be announced.
In mid-October ICC hosts its one fund raising event of the year, inviting the community to participate in the color, sounds, flavors and festivities reminescent of an Indian wedding.
The Sixth Annual Gala Benefit, travels to south central India Hyderabad, the capital of Teleangana, and known as "The City of Pearls". Once a pearl and diamond trading center, today Hyderbad is India's fourth most populous city. Hyderabad, which means Lion City, was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, a Persiante society of the 16th century. Chef Prasad Chirnomula will cater a Hyderabadi feast including the city's signature dish, biryani. The gala will include a live auction featuring art from Aicon Gallery in New York City, and a silent auction. Magic Mike, the top area DJ returns with dhol player and interactive dancer.
Sixth Gala Benefit Signature Sponsor: GE Financial Energy Services