Bani Mukherjee-

The 2022 Mega Holi Fest 2022, held in Fountain Valley, California on March 19, to bring the community together under one umbrella to play Holi, proved to be a huge success.

Over 3,000 people participated and played Holi together in the bash, organized at the Miles Square Park and executed collaboratively by the County of Los Angeles, Indian American Professional Association(COLAIAPA), United Indian American Association(UIAA), Gujrati Society Of Southern California (GSSC), ISKCON, IASA & FIAA, among others.

Gaurav Bhargava, president and the founder of UIAA said that this was the first in-person event of 2022. “My team worked very hard to plan and successfully execute this event,” said Bhargava. Bhargava wanted to share the message of unity on this festival of colors, bringing communities together to play Holi.

Adhir Shah, event coordinator and a member of GSSC, mentioned that about 3,000 people registered for this event and called it “very successful”.

Venkat Peddi, president, COLIAPA, shared the message of unity and peace to celebrate Holi together.

Dr. Varun Gandhi, a member of Gujaratis of North America (GONA), wanted to share the message of continuing to unite communities via such events.

The bash was free for all and open to all, with only colors for sale. No Holi bash is complete without a live Bollywood DJ set, and music and dance. Live dhol players also added to the mood of the day, making everybody dance. On sale, of course, we’re also lip-smacking Indian food boxes.

Families were ecstatic about being able to come out of their homes and celebrate Holi in public after two full years.

Children, especially, seemed to have a tonne of fun.

Holi celebrates the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. The open-air celebrations truly epitomized the amazing Holi celebrations of color, love, and spring-time positivity.

In Northern California, the Association of Indo American (AIA), & Bolly 92.3 long with 36 community organizations too hosted a grand “Holi Fest” at very famous & picturesque San Jose Downtown (Discovery Meadow) California.

It was a unique festival, the first of its kind, bringing in three dozens of communities together and over 10,000  people.

The event was graced by notable dignitaries including Consul General of India Dr. T.V Nagendra Prasad,  Dave Cortese (State Senator), Ash Kalra (Assemblymember), Evan Low (Assemblymember), Alex Lee (Assemblymember),
Cindy Chavez (Santa Clara County Supervisor), Susan Ellenberg, (Santa Clara County Supervisor),
Zulma Maciel  (Director, Office of Racial Equity), Chief Anthony Mata ( San Jose, Police Dept),
Larry Klein (Mayor, Sunnyvale), Raj Salwan (Vice Mayor, Fremont), Raj Chahal (Vice Mayor, Santa Clara), Pattie Cortese (Trustee at East Side Union High School District) & other officials.

The dignitaries addressed the gathering and conveyed their “Holi” wishes. They applauded AIA efforts in preserving Indian culture. They mentioned they are happy to see the festivities and wondered if they were in India & congratulated the AIA team for making it a memorable event.

Over 36 community organizations representing all parts of India worked tirelessly to support AIA in making this event a grand success. AIA team also thanked all the sponsors for their continued support and the volunteers for their hard work and making the event a grand success.

The Association of Indo Americans (AIA) is a non-profit organization providing a forum to explore the rich and diverse heritage of the Indian American community living in the United States. The mission of AIA is to foster and promote cultural and social interactions among its members, facilitate cultural events and educational programs pertaining to the Indian subcontinent.