India culture celebration to include Holi celebration, kite festival, cricket this weekend

A celebration of Indian culture kicks off tonight, with the 3-day celebration featuring a Holi celebration, kite festival, cricket tournament, music, games, and more.

The event is being put on by the Owensboro Cricket Association and Gujrati Samaj of Tri-State.

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life.

The Holi celebration is scheduled to take place from 6-9 p.m. at McConnell Plaza as part of Friday After 5 on May 17. DJ Blaze will play Indian music while attendees enjoy a Bollywood dance and cuisine from several Indian food trucks. Organizers said the plaza will transform into a rich tapestry of Indian culture and traditions.

A kite festival is planned to take place at Panther Creek Park on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Come ready to fly high in spirit and paint the skies with colorful kites as well as enjoy some mouthwatering Indian food and paint some henna on our palms, and we have some more surprises in store for everybody,” said Nayna Sangoi, one of the event organizers.

The cricket tournament will be played throughout the day on May 18-19 at Panther Creek Park.

“I’m thrilled to showcase not only the sport of cricket but also the vibrant and close-knit community surrounding it,” said Dr. Dhiren Haria, another organizer. “Cricket isn’t just a game; it’s a celebration of camaraderie, diversity, and fun. We invite everyone to join us and experience the energy and spirit of unity that define this event.”

Daviess County Director of Parks and Public Information Jordan Rowe was equally excited about the celebration.

“We invite the community to explore India’s cultural traditions by participating in Holi and the kite festival at Panther Creek Park,” Rowe said. “Cricket is the world’s second most popular sport, and this tournament is an opportunity to showcase the game with teams from across the region.”



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