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.
Hello from India Day team. It was in the winters of 2015-2016, when the concept of India Day was proposed by Indians living in Finland to the Embassy of India in Helsinki. It all started with a proposal of having a 2 hour seminar, presenting handy facts about India, showing tourism related videos and then, having a cup of “Indian Chai” to end the celebration. By the end of the meeting, it became a “unique celebration of Indian Culture, Food, Tourism, Bollywood and everything Indian in the heart of Helsinki”.
Founded in 2016, the first India Day team was lead by Mr. Sunil Baweja and comprised of Finnish and Indian nationals, regional associations and personnel from Embassy of India.
Mr. Amardeep Singh Bassi from Punjab Cultural Society was appointed the first President of the team which had the following key members: Adity Kochhar, Aseem Shakuntal, Ashu Patpatia, Gopinath Subramaniam, Gurvinder Singh Sidhu, Jickson Simon, Markku Lemmetty, Ramesh Naidu, Shameer Kandathil, Shefali Arora, Sunil Sadhana.
The first event saw a gathering of more than 4000 visitors at Kaapelitehdas, the Cable Factory in Helsinki. Since then, there has been no looking back. This year in 2019, we are celebrating the fourth edition of India Day and are also taking this opportunity to launch our website (www.intiapaiva.fi) and blog (blog.intiapaiva.fi).
We invite all Indians and friends of India living in Finland to come together and make this celebration of togetherness, a great success. Looking forward to see everyone at Kaisaniemi Park on Aug 18th, 2019.