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ICCA cordially invites you to this unique event. It is an initiative to connect our seniors to the youth and children. Please join us and don’t forget if you bring your children bring the your parents too.
If you are a Senior and have a talent or skill you want to share/teach please contact us ASAP!
We are hoping to have 4-6 work stations which will provide a mutual teach-learn opportunity for Seniors and youth! Seems exciting isn’t it?
Also we all want to listen to the moral stories - ‘DADI/NANI DIYAN BAATAN’ and riddles ‘BUJHARTAAN’ so if you know a few - share them!
In all it’s going to be a fun event! Please book your seat(s).
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ICCA cordially invites you to this unique event. It is an initiative to connect our seniors to the youth and children. Please join us and don’t forget if you bring your children bring the your parents too.
If you are a Senior and have a talent or skill you want to share/teach please contact us ASAP!
We are hoping to have 4-6 work stations which will provide a mutual teach-learn opportunity for Seniors and youth! Seems exciting isn’t it?
Also we all want to listen to the moral stories - ‘DADI/NANI DIYAN BAATAN’ and riddles ‘BUJHARTAAN’ so if you know a few - share them!
In all it’s going to be a fun event! Please book your seat(s).
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Happy Diwali every one! May this Diwali bring happiness and prosperity in your lives! Thank you everyone for making last night’s Diwali dinner and dance a grand success. We had a lot of fun. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Diwali every one! May this Diwali bring happiness and prosperity in your lives! Thank you everyone for making last night’s Diwali dinner and dance a grand success. We had a lot of fun. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA is ready to welcome you at the Diwali dinner and dance today. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please arrive on time. The performances will start on time and bar will open at 6:30 pm as well! Let’s celebrate Diwali - Festival of Lights in style! Here is a glimpse of some of the decorations completed last last! Thanks to Dilraj Grewal and Raj Decors for decorating. We will have a limited number of tickets available at the door if you have not bought yours yet! You can always contact me if you want to secure a few before the event! Our partners - Sizzling Tandoor Victoria TENN TV DJ Sanj ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA is ready to welcome you at the Diwali dinner and dance today. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please arrive on time. The performances will start on time and bar will open at 6:30 pm as well! Let’s celebrate Diwali - Festival of Lights in style! Here is a glimpse of some of the decorations completed last last! Thanks to Dilraj Grewal and Raj Decors for decorating. We will have a limited number of tickets available at the door if you have not bought yours yet! You can always contact me if you want to secure a few before the event! ... See MoreSee Less

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We still have some tickets left - if you have not secured one yet please get in touch with me or any of the board members. We will be pleased to deliver them. It’s going to be a fun event don’t miss out on this. ... See MoreSee Less

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We still have some tickets left - if you have not secured one yet please get in touch with me or any of the board members. We will be pleased to deliver them. It’s going to be a fun event don’t miss out on this. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please secure your tickets, they are selling fast and you don’t want to miss this great and popular event. Sizzling Tandoor Victoria will be catering! ... See MoreSee Less

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Please secure your tickets, they are selling fast and you don’t want to miss this great and popular event. Sizzling Tandoor Victoria will be catering! ... See MoreSee Less

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#iccavictoria presents #diwalidinneranddance2019 on Oct 26th 2019. Please contact me for tickets. Catering by @sizzlingtandoor! Dance, music, performances, celebration!! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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The Island Of Talent Victoria ... See MoreSee Less

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A special guest at our Kiosk today! Thank you very much for your business. ... See MoreSee Less

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Day 3 at Saanich Fair!
Finally it is the last day of Saanich Fair. Thank you to all the customers for supporting ICCA. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it a huge success! If you have not yet tasted the food - come on over - we are open!!
Special thanks to Sumit Sharma and Namaste Indian Cuisine!
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Day 3 at Saanich Fair!
Finally it is the last day of Saanich Fair. Thank you to all the customers for supporting ICCA. Thanks to all the volunteers for making it a huge success! If you have not yet tasted the food - come on over - we are open!!
Special thanks to Sumit Sharma and Namaste Indian Cuisine!
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Day 2 at Saanich Fair!
ICCA Kiosk open and ready to serve the delicious Indian food at the Saanich Fair! Thanks to Namaste Indian Cuisine for helping with cooking. Thanks to Sumit Sharma and all the volunteers!
Come and enjoy - we will be here all day.
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ENN TV would like to share the 2nd day of the INDIA MELA held in Victoria, organised by ICCA Victoria at Centennial Square,downtown on Aug 17 & 18. TENN TV will be covered all of this event.You can watch the 2nd day of Mela coverage on TENN TV and youtu.be/-aylKrjukZU ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA trailer is ready and we are on for the Saanich Fair! Always proud to showcase Indian culture and here it is in the form of our food!! Come help if you can and enjoy if that’s what you like!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Third Eye Nation Network, Jassi Saggi Bhinda for capturing the Mela so well! Keep up the good work brother!! ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA trailer is ready and we are on for the Saanich Fair! Always proud to showcase Indian future and here it is in the form of our food!! Come help if you can and enjoy if that’s what you like!! ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA trailer is ready and we are ready for the Saanich Fair! Always proud to showcase Indian future and here it is in the form of our food!! Come help if you can and enjoy if that’s what you like!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you TENN TV - a nice glimpse of what people can expect the weekend! Come join is for the opening ceremony-tomorrow!’ ... See MoreSee Less

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Almost set for tomorrow. See you there!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Gold Lock Security is looking for someone to work a few shifts this weekend for an event. If you are interested please call 778 918 0064! ... See MoreSee Less

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India Mela 2019! Good food on the way. ... See MoreSee Less

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All we desire for our country of birth is happiness. Let us be the first person to wish you a special Happy Independence Day! Let's salute our great nation on its Independence Day! We hope you all feel grateful for the freedom you have and are proud of the nation you were born to. ... See MoreSee Less

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All we desire for our country of birth is happiness. Let us be the first person to wish you a special Happy Independence Day! Let's salute our great nation on its Independence Day! We hope you all feel grateful for the freedom you have and are proud of the nation you were born to. ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s almost that time- last two days of prep work, tie up all loose ends and we will be ready to present the Mela this weekend. Pull out your nice clothes - chalo mele chaliye- let’s go to the Mela ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s almost that time- last two days of prep work, time up all loose ends and we will ready to present the Mela this weekend. Pull out your nice clothes - chalo mele chaliye- let’s go to the Mela ... See MoreSee Less

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India Mela will have Delicious Pizza and pop supplied by Freshslice Pizza Victoria for sale at the ICCA Kiosk. Come and enjoy.

Thanks to Freshslice Pizza for the sponsorship and we are excited to team up with them.
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Stage is set for the India Mela 2019! ... See MoreSee Less

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Saak (Official Teaser) Jobanpreet Singh | Mandy Takhar | In Cinemas 6th Sept | White Hill Music ... See MoreSee Less

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‪If you are interested in wearing your own traditional dress and come up on the stage please contact us asap!! The more the better.‬ ... See MoreSee Less

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India Mela 2019 theme is 'Diverse India'. We are planning a 'cultural show' during the Mela where we want to showcase different traditional dresses of Indian states. If you are interested in wearing your own traditional dress and come up on the stage please contact us asap!! The more the better. ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA is happy to announce that Sizzling Tandoor Victoria is our India Mela 2019 partner! Come and enjoy the Delicious and Authentic India Food. Looking forward to working with you and your team Gurinder Bawa! ... See MoreSee Less

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India Mela is Aug 17 -18. Preparations are in full swing! If you want to perform or volunteer please get in touch with us. We still have a few spots available for Saturday for stage performances. ... See MoreSee Less

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India Mela is Aug 17 -18. Preparations are in full swing! If you want to perform or volunteer please get in touch with us. We still have a few spots available for Saturday for stage performances. ... See MoreSee Less

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‪ICCA is happy to announce that Mr. Diabate will be performing at the India Mela 2019 on Aug 18. Enjoy his video for now and join us at the Centennial Square on Aug 18th to watch him live!! Mamadou Diabate Balafon Master live in India 2016 youtu.be/v_oMMcvSgXk via @YouTube‬ ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello Victorians, Dipak is moving to Victoria, does anyone have a rental suite available ? See his message below-

Namaste. Sir I’m Dipak, Currently in Grande Prairie Alberta. We are moving to Victoria as I’ve got a job there. I have wife and a 4 month old baby boy for family. We were hoping for your help in finding accommodation.
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India Mela is an annual event that showcases various aspects of the Indian culture and seeks participation from other cultural organizations in Victoria. One of the most popular events of downtown Victoria. Its family fun event with Indian food, artifacts, clothing, jewelry, henna, dance, music, bouncy castle and so on! Entry is free!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Bihar

Area- 94,163 sq. km
Population-10,38,04,637 *
Capital- Patna
Principal Languages- Hindi

History and Geography

Bihar finds mention in the Vedas, Puranas, epics, etc., and was the main scene of activities of Buddha, and 24 Jain Tirthankars. Great rulers of the State before the Christian era were Bimbisar, Udayin, who founded the city of Pataliputra. Chandragupta Maurya and Emperor Ashoka and Maurya dynasty, the Sungs and the Kanvas. Then came the Kushan rulers followed by Chandragupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta dynasty. Muslim rulers made in-roads into the territory during medieval period. The first conqueror of Bihar was Mohammed- bin-Bakhtiar Khalji. The Tughluqs and then the Mughals followed the Khaljis.

One of the major states of the Indian Union, Bihar is bounded on the north by Nepal, on the east by West Bengal, on west by Uttar Pradesh and on the south by Jharkhand. Bihar has a number of rivers, the most important of which is the Ganga. The other rivers are the Sone, Poonpoon, Falgu, Karmanasa, Durgawati, Kosi, Gandak, Ghaghara, etc.

Tourist attractions
Important places of tourist interest are Rajgir, Nalanda, Vaishali, Pawapuri (where Lord Mahavira breathed his last and attained Nirvana), Bodh Gaya, Vikramshila (ruins of Buddhist University of higher learning), Gaya, Patna (ancient city of Patliputra), Sasaram (tomb of Shershah Suri) and Madhubani (known for its famous Madhubani Paintings).

Mundeshwari Mandir (Kaimur), Rohtras Garh Fort (Rohtas), Jain Pilgrim Place, Kundalpur (Nalanda), Bihar School of Yoga (Munger), Manersharif Patna, Rural Tourist Place Nepura (Nalanda), Kesaria Stupa (East Champaran), Barabar Hills (Jehanabad) and Lauria Nandangarh are also important tourist places
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4 months ago

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It’s time to reach out to our sponsors once again. Thank you very much everyone. We will be calling you soon to invite you to partner our 10th India Mela!! ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s time to reach out to our sponsors once again. Thank you very much everyone. We will be calling you soon to invite you to partner our 10th India Mela!! ... See MoreSee Less

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ICCA Requests quotes for East Indian food Kiosk for India Mela 2019! Contact us ASAP for details if interested. ... See MoreSee Less

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Assam

Area 78,438 sq. km
Population 3,11,69,272 *
Capital Dispur
Principal Languages Assamese
Initially, Shillong was the capital of Assam but got replaced by Dispur in 1972
Dispur is a locality or suburb in Guwahati city that is why Guwahati is often referred to as the capital city of Assam.

History and Geography

The word 'Assam' as interpreted by some scholars is derived from the Sanskrit word Asoma meaning peerless or unparalleled. But the widely accepted opinion of the academic circles today is that the term has come from the original name of the Ahoms, who ruled the land for about six hundred years prior to its annexation by the British. The races like Austric, Mongolian, Dravidian and Aryan that came to this land long-long ago have contributed to its composite culture. Thus, Assam has a rich legacy of culture and civilization.

Assam was known as Pragjyotisha or the place of eastern astronomy during the epic period and later named as Kamrupa. The earliest epigraphic reference to the kingdom of Kamrupa is found in the Allahabad pillar inscription of king Samudragupta. Kamrupa is mentioned as a Pratyanta or frontier state outside the Gupta empire but with friendly and subordinate relation to it Hiuen Sang, the Chinese scholar pilgrim who visited Kamrupa in about 743 A.D. on an invitation of its monarch, Kumar Bhaskar Varman, left a record of the kingdom he called Kamolupa. Kamrupa also figured in the writings of the Arabian historian Alberuni in the eleventh century. Thus, from the epic period down to the twelfth century A.D., the eastern frontier kingdom was known as Pragjyotisha and Kamrupa and kings called themselves 'Lords of Pragjyotisha'.

The advent of the Ahoms across the eastern hills in 1228 A.D. was the turning point in Assam history. They ruled Assam nearly for six centuries. The Burmese entered through the eastern borders and overran the territory at a time when court intrigues and dissensions were sapping the vitality of the Ahom royalty. It became a British protectorate in 1826 when the Burmese ceded Assam to the British under the provision of the Treaty of Yandabo.

Assam is the sentinel of north-east India and gateway to the North-Eastern States. The State is close to India's international borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan. Assam is surrounded by Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh on the north, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh on the east and Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram on the south.

Festivals

Assam has an exclusive range of colourful festivals. Bihu is the chief festival celebrated on the three occasions. Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu marks the advent of the cropping season and it also ushers in the Assamese New Year. Bhogali Bihu or Magh Bihu is the harvest festival and Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu coming in autumn is a simple affair.

Religion accounts for a large variety of festivals. Vaishnavites observe birth and death anniversaries of prominent Vaishnava saints through day-long singing of hymns and staging of Bhaonas (theatrical performances in traditional style). Ambubachi in Kamakhya shrine, Sivaratri Mela at Umananda and other places near Siva temples, Durga Puja, Diwali, Dol-Jatra, Id, Christmas, Ashokastami Mela, Rash Mela, Parasuram Mela are other religious festivals.

Tourism

Important places of tourism in and around Guwahati are Kamakhya temple, Umananda (Peacock Island), Navagraha (temple of nine planets), Basistha Ashram, Dolgobinda, Gandhi Mandap, State Zoo, State Museum, Sukreswar temple, Gita Mandir, Madan Kamdev temple, a magnificent archaeological place of interest, and Saraighat bridge.

Other places of tourist interest in the State are: Kaziranga National Park (famous for one horned rhino), Manas Tiger Project, Pobi-tora and Orang (wildlife sanctuaries), Sibsagar (Shiv Temple-Rangghar-Karengghar), Tezpur (Bhairavi temple and scenic beauty), Bhalukpung (Angling), Haflong (health resort with Jatinga hills), Majuli (largest river island in the world), Chandubi lake (picnic spot), Hajo (meeting point of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam), Batadrava (birth place of great Vaishnava saint Sankaradeva) and Sualkuchi (famous for silk industry).
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