INDIA DAY 2021 -CELEBRATING INDIA @75!

Just as the dark winters bid adieu to Finland and spring is amidst, the air is filled with hope and happiness as we await summer this year with the biggest cultural celebration of 2021.  Yes! It is time for the fifth edition of India Day to be held this year in August at Rautetientori (in the heart of Helsinki), a massive space overflowing with the creativity of artists coming forward to showcase their talent and culture from different parts of India. From the music and dance to the intricately gorgeous stalls, the celebration invites all the people of Finland to be part of this vibrant and cultural experience.

Image Courtesy: Sudhanshu Verma

If you have ever seen Indian cinema, you would know how the Indians love music and dance and calling these an important part of any kind of Indian celebration would be an understatement!. Indian music, dance, art, and food are as diverse as our culture and, are two worlds apart between the North and South. With a population so proud of its diversity, it is only right that this celebration has stalls from different regions of India that are intricately decorated and ethnically showcases the crafts and food from various states of India. We also invite you to embark on this gastronomic adventure with your family and friends, where you savour the bits and bites from all over India.

This year we celebrate India @75 where we are counting down to India’s 75th year of independence. India is also one of the fastest developing countries economically and this India Day celebration is organized annually with Indian Embassy, Suomi-Intia-Seura ry, and other Indian regional associations to not only showcase Indian art and culture but importantly, to highlight the Indo-Finnish friendship and strong business relations. Finland is becoming an internationally attractive place to work, carry out research,  and invest. In recent years, bilateral relations have increased and acquired diversity with more than 100 Finnish companies operating in India.  India day is a mega event bringing the Finnish and Indian communities even closer and for Finnish businesses to explore areas to partner in the Indian market. India Day platform will offer Finnish companies a chance to explore investment, recruit talent and drive company growth and innovation in Finland.  Be a part of our story this year!

One of the best ways for you to know more about India is to experience India Day’s visually stunning celebration where we guarantee a great atmosphere, delicious food, of course, and where you can groove to the music while you witness the magical journey happening right in front of your eyes!. We can call it sort of a travel experience without having to necessary travel during these uncertain times!. Come and explore the land of India on India Day, this August 2021!

This event will follow the official Covid-19 regulations and recommendations owing to the ongoing situation and adhere to specific measures drawn up in cooperation with the authorities to ensure the safety for all!

Second volunteer meeting – dates, agenda and venue

This post is targeted to all the registered volunteers for Intia-päivä – India day. In case you haven’t registered yet and would like to be a part of our volunteer force, please register yourself here.

Dear Volunteer,

We trust you are in good Summer Spirit. In case you are not, join our next Volunteer meet to raise your spirits and make India day a great success. In case you are already in good spirit; hey, join our meeting and share some of your energy with the rest of the team.

Meeting details: 

  • When: 18.07.2019
  • Where: Sello library, Leppävaarankatu 9, 02070 Espoo
  • What time: 4PM – 5PM

Agenda:
1. Briefing all the teams and individuals about their specific roles and responsibilities on India day (18th Aug) and a day prior to India day (17th Aug)
2. Forming teams to place India day posters around the Helsinki metropolitan area
3. Assigning new members to India day teams (Infrastructure team, Food & stalls/Activities team, Culture team and People management team) based on your interests, wishes and needs

As there is only a month to go for the big day, let us kick-start our work and execute the immediate action points that must be dealt in coming weeks. We hope that all of you can make it to the meeting. Please bring any of your interested friends along!

Once you reach Sello library, please give a call to one of our team members. Their contact information is given below:

  • Kiran – 0403699412
  • Sunil – 0505637624

See you in a week!

Thank you
India day team!

Second volunteer meet – round the corner

This post is targeted to all the registered volunteers for Intia-päivä – India day. In case you haven’t registered yet and would like to be a part of our volunteer force, please register yourself here.

Dear Volunteers,

Our India day team is thankful to all the volunteers and our regularly growing volunteer force. With every new addition to the group, it brings us one step nearer to the execution of the event. Its time now that we meet again and discuss the next steps. The next meeting date, time and venue will be announced soon. 

For those who haven’t yet, please join our Slack communication channel using this invitation link and please be active there; for example, please check your slack messages at least once a day and respond to any action items as soon as you can.

The agenda for our next meeting is going to be:

  1. Welcoming new members
  2. Discussing the practicalities of publicity and marketing plan
  3. Discussing the venue layout 
  4. Few other relevant topics. 

We look forward to stay connected with you and as promised earlier in this email, the date, time and venue  for the next meeting will be announced soon. Lets all prioritize to meet then and make India day a great success.

Thank you, 
India day team!

Summary – first volunteer meet

This post is targeted to all the registered volunteers for Intia-päivä – India day. In case you haven’t registered yet and would like to be a part of our volunteer force, please register yourself here.

Dear Volunteer,

Events are successful because of their large volunteer force. Our India day team is thankful to all of you who made to the meeting today at Sello library. Below are the excerpts from the meeting:

  • Team was divided into 4 small groups
    • Infrastructure team: Jamaar, Nandakumar, Nikhil, Krishna
    • Food & stalls team: Deepika, Manisha, Ramya, Krishnanand
    • Culture: Lien, Jiyo, Venkatesh, Aishwarya
    • People management: Janne, Steven, Alex
  • Kiran will introduce the volunteers from Food & stalls team and Culture team to respective management teams
  • Infrastructure team will meet in coming 2-3 weeks to kick start the event layout preparations and other related activities
  • People management team will join the Communications and PR team in a workshop and they will work together to promote the India day buzz in social network and otherwise

About Helsinki päivä 2019

  • India day team will procure flyers from Embassy and leave them at Ravintola India house in Forum, Kamppi. 
  • Volunteers should pick them up from the restaurant for public distribution at Kamppi shopping center and Railway station on Helsinki päivä evening.

Volunteers who were unable to join today, you are requested to prioritize the next meeting that will be scheduled towards the end of June and will be communicated as soon as possible. The next steps would be to join India Day slack channel. Click on this invitation link to join the workspace. Once you are there on slack, please join the #volunteering channel.

Lets get connected and try making India day a great success. 

Thank you, 
India day team!

The first meeting – June 10

This post is targeted to all the registered volunteers for Intia-päivä – India day. In case you haven’t registered yet and would like to be a part of our volunteer force, please register yourself here.

Dear Volunteer,

First of all, thank you for your attention to our previous email. It was great to realize that we are already past the “ice-breaking barrier” and now, its time for all of us to meet. Here are the details of when and where.

When: June 10, Monday
Where: Sello Library – Leppävaara, Espoo
What time: 17:00 – 18:00

The agenda of this meeting is:

  1. Our Poster & Flyer plan for Helsinki päivä – 12.06
  2. Sharing of responsibilities within the Volunteering team
  3. Sharing of experiences from past events 

Feel free to tag along a friend with you who would be interested in volunteering at Intia-päivä – India day 2019. This will make both, our and your task, a fun-filled thing to do. Please confirm your presence by replying to this email, latest by 12 noon on Monday, June 10. 

And hey, in case this was a short notice, we already apologize for that. 

Thank you!
India day team. 

Break the ice – volunteering!

This post is targeted to all the registered volunteers for Intia-päivä – India day. In case you haven’t registered yet and would like to be a part of our volunteer force, please register yourself here.

Dear Volunteer!

We thank you for your interest as a volunteer to Intia-päivä – India day 2019. Its time that we get to know each other, break the ice and start to work together as a team. In this context, we request you to reserve Friday (1700 – 1800) and Monday (1700 – 1800), when you and our team will meet at the Embassy of India in Kulosaari and we will discuss the next steps, sharing of responsibilities within a team and a lot more.

As a heads-up, our first task will be related to marketing of Intia-päivä – India day to the visitors of Helsinki-päivä 12.6. This will include distribution of flyers at major Helsinki päivä event venues on 12.06.

As the immediate next step, we will confirm you the date of our meeting (Fri or Mon) latest by Thursday evening (06.06) and we will look forward to see you then. Feel free to tag along a friend with you who would be interested in volunteering. This will make both, our and your task, a fun-filled thing to do.

And hey, in case this was a short notice, we already apologize for that. 

Thank you!
India day team. 

Invitation for stall applications

Intia-päivä or India Day is an annual mega event and a unique celebration of the culture and heritage of India, which will be showcased for Finnish communities, India community and several expats in Finland. The event is organized by Suomi Intia Seura ry, Embassy of India in Helsinki in collaboration with all registered Indian Associations in Finland.

There will be space at India Day in Kaisaniemi Park to set up stalls related to Indian culture, yoga, Ayurveda, cuisine, tourism and other aspects of Indian culture. We will provide an opportunity to market Indian textiles, handicrafts, jewellery and accessories, ayurvedic products and services, spices, snacks and other food items specific to India. Stalls will be for following categories:

  • Food
  • Yoga
  • Workshops for Children and families
  • Music & Films
  • Ayurveda
  • Travel, tourism, Airlines
  • Culture e.g. Henna, crafts, textiles, etc.
  • Others

The India day organizing team is seeking applications for stalls in different categories listed above and invites large and small businesses, organizations, restaurants both locally and further afield to help make a great atmosphere at Intia-päivä – India day 2019.

Facebook event page added

Intia-päivä – India day is one of the leading Indian culture showcase in the Nordics. During this weekend (06-07 April), the Facebook event page for the celebration was made public. Welcome!

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/431954597612513/

Join us in celebrating India Day on Sunday 18th of August 2019 10-18 on Kaisaniemi Field! (alempana suomenkielinen tapahtumakuvaus)

Intia-päivä or India Day is a mega event and a unique celebration of Indian culture, yoga, ayurveda, cuisine, film, tourism and the rich heritage of India in the heart of Helsinki. Organized by Suomi Intia Seura ry, Embassy of India in Helsinki and Indian regional associations in Finland, the event brings together the Finnish and Indian communities living in Finland to celebrate the spirit of living and working together.

Save the date and invite your friends!

Programme will be updated.

FREE EVENT, FAMILY FRIENDLY, ACCESSIBLE

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SuomeksI:
Tervetuloa juhlimaan kanssamme Intia-päivää sunnuntaina 18.8.2019 klo 10-18 Kaisaniemen kentälle!

Intia-päivä eli India Day on megatapahtuma ja ainutlaatuinen juhla intialaiselle kulttuurille, ruualle, joogalle, ayurvedalle, elokuville, turismille ja kulttuuriperinnölle Helsingin sydämessä. Tapahtumaa järjestävät Suomi-Intia seura ry, Intian suurlähetystö Helsingissä ja intialaiset alueelliset järjestöt Suomessa. Tapahtuma tuo yhteen suomalaiset ja intialaiset yhteisöt juhlistamaan yhdessäolon riemua!

Tule mukaan ja kutsu ystäväsi!

Ohjelma päivittyy myöhemmin, mutta ota päivä talteen!

ILMAINEN TAPAHTUMA, KOKO PERHEEN TAPAHTUMA, ESTEETÖN

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Best wishes for Holi 2019

India Day Team wishes every one a very happy and colorful Holi.
(Image copied from Wikipedia in good faith and no intent of copyright violation)

Holi, the festival of colors; the festival of spring; the festival of love; is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the arrival of spring and end of winter and celebrates the start of a good harvest season. Lasting for a night and day, it is celebrated in most parts of India, Asia and now, also in many other parts of the world. Read more here.

More popular as the festival of colors, people smear and drench each other with colors and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forgive and forget. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.

We wish all Indians and friends of India, a very Happy Holi 2019 and welcome all of you to Intia-päivä – India day 2019.