The Culture of India
In the Pacific Northwest, the culture of India is represented through the Spokane Hindu community, Spokane Indian Youth Club, and the Spokane Indian community.
The Indian Youth Club of Spokane is a group of community members that want to celebrate the culture of India. It was founded in 2019, by Sowmya Surpaneni who was also one of the founding members of the Spokane Indian community. When creating this organization she wanted to focus on the “3 ‘ C’s”:
(1) Culture – Kids need to be able to identify themselves & embrace their culture.
(2) Community service -To give more than taking & enjoy the joy of giving!
(3) Communication skills -doing team activities to improve communication skills while connecting to their culture.
The Spokane Hindu community was created as an educational, and charitable organization. Their vision is to educate the community on their religious values, cultural values, spiritual values, and social values. The Hindu community is a place to experience the Hindu way of life. Every year they celebrate Hindu festivals and perform customary rituals.
The Spokane Indian community is a place for people of heritage from India to meet, and become acquainted with each other. As a community, they work on promoting their culture through social, art, educational, and theatrical events. They are a non-profit corporation, that was formed in 2015!
In the Pacific Northwest, the culture of India is represented through the Spokane Hindu community, the Indian Youth Club of Spokane, and the Spokane Indian community.
All of these groups that represent the culture of India in the Pacific Northwest have events celebrating their culture, religion, and community. When putting on these events they celebrate many holiday traditions. One winter holiday tradition is the celebration of Makar Sankranti. This is a celebration of the winter solstice.
Another holiday tradition that is celebrated by the Spokane Hindu community in the winter, is Basant Panchami and Maha Shivaratri. Some holiday traditional deserts are Gulab Jamun & laddu.
Some traditional holiday decorations include lighting oil lamps, string lights, lanterns, and Rangoli. During the winter holidays & festivals, women wear a lot of jewelry, silk sarees, and precious gems while men wear Kurtas and Dhotis.