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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 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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‪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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‪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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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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Arunachal Pradesh (Capital city - ITANAGAR)
Area - 83,743 sq. km
Population - 13,82,611 *
Capital - Itanagar
Principal Languages - Monpa, Miji, Aka, Sherdukpen, Nyishi, Apatani, Tagin, Hill Miri, Adi, Digaru-Mismi, Idu-Mishmi, Khamti, Miju-Mishmi, Nocte, Tangsa and Wancho.

History and Geography

Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged State on 20th February, 1987. Till 1972, it was known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). It gained the Union Territory status on 20 January 1972 and renamed as Arunachal Pradesh.

On 15th August 1975 an elected Legislative Assembly was constituted and the first Council of Ministers assumed office. The first general election to the Assembly was held in February 1978.

Administratively, the State is divided into sixteen districts. Capital of the State is Itanagar in Papum Para district. Itanagar is named after Ita fort meaning fort of bricks, built in 14th century AD.

Arunachal Pradesh finds mention in the literature of Kalika Purana and Mahabharata. This place is the Prabhu Mountains of the Puranas.

It was here that sage Parashuram atoned for his sin, sage Vyasa meditated, King Bismaka founded his kingdom and Lord Krishna married his Consort Rukmini.

The widely scattered archaeological remains at different places in Arunachal Pradesh bear testimony to its rich cultural heritage.

Folk Dance of Arunachal Pradesh

Some of the important festivals of the State are: Mopin and Solung of the Adis, Lossar of the Monpas and Boori-boot of the Hill Miris, Sherdukpens, Dree of the Apatanis, Si-Donyi of the Tagins, Reh of the ldu-Mishmis, Nyokum of the Nishs, etc. Animal sacrifice is a common ritual in most festivals.

(Information from Govt. of India website)
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Starting today we will discuss one state every few days - lets start with Andhra Pradesh today.
Some recent information about Andhra Predesh (courtesy India Today):
Hyderabad was the former capital of Andhra Pradesh but it got replaced by Amarawati, people's capital. The foundation stone was laid on October 22, 2015.
The Buddhist Stupa at Amarawati is the biggest stupa in the country with a diameter of 50 meters and a height of 27 meters
Recognizing Amarwati’s ancient Buddhist roots, the developers also plan to a design the High Court in a way that it resembles the Buddhist Stupa
According to the timeline of this mega project, Andhra's capital will be populated and functional only by 2024, i.e after the end of its second phase, when most of the buildings, commercial establishments, universities, and the central business district will become operational. The third and final phase is expected to be completed by 2029.

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India Mela 2019 theme - 'Diverse India' - Lets show Victoria that India has 29 states and 7 Union territories. We are so different yet so similar! If you want to perform, volunteer or sponsor please contact us! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to those who could attend this picnic yesterday. It was a beautiful dayl and became even better in the company of these beautiful people. Thanks to Mr. Sehmi for these pictures. Thanks to Gurinder Bawa for those delicious Indian dishes sponsored by Sizzling Tandoor Victoria. Thanks to Freshslice Pizza Victoria and @Aman Soni for discount on yummy pizzas. Thanks to @Aman dhillon for free Subway cookies.

Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work.

For those who could not attend - we missed you!
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Hello ICCA family, There is some misunderstanding about my resignation in the community.
I had resigned on May 25th due to reasons I can’t share on social media but will bring forward at the next general meeting.
Most of the board members did not accept my resignation. Some of the senior members of ICCA recommended that for betterment of this organization I should continue and complete my term.
I have withdrawn my resignation as of last Saturday and I am back on the helm.
I apologize for the confusion and miscommunication.
Let’s meet up at the Picnic this weekend. If you have any questions please feel free to call me or message me.
Regards - Hardeep Grewal, President ICCA Victoria.
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Mark your calendars please! Bring your family - it will be a fun event!!One Week Left Until ICCA Annual Picnic
Saturday June 22, 2019 1-4
Be sure to join. Call Dez Daljit Mahal 250-858-5331 or Kamal Panesar +1 (250) 885-0201
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One Week Left Until ICCA Annual Picnic
Saturday June 22, 2019 1-4
Be sure to join. Call Dez Daljit Mahal 250-858-5331 or Kamal Panesar +1 (250) 885-0201
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It was an amazing day at the Khalsa Day Parade today - but this part made my day!! Thank you girls for all your help today!! ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s our duty protect the Earth and make it safer for generations to come!
REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE!
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Victorians - this is a show you don’t want to miss. Come and watch the learning progression. From elementary school kids to high school teenagers showcasing their Bhangra skills. It will be a fun filled evening. Thanks to AVVCA team for organizing this!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to all the members who were able to attend the AGM!! General theme of the meeting was that we need to motivate the generation X,Y and Z to join the organization and volunteer. It’s your association folks - our pioneers started it and now it’s up to us and you the younger ones to keep it going and step it up!! Please contact us for information!! ... See MoreSee Less

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PLEASE HELP BIMLA TOORA IN MAKING THIS FUNDRAISER A GRAND SUCCESS!!

SEE BELOW A MESSAGE FROM Bimla Toora

Our 2nd annual BOLLYWOOD DiINNER and DANCE performance.🎉🎉🎉

All the money raised from this fundraiser goes to support the MD Rams Football program.
Our football program consists of six months of off season training and 5 months of On field Football 🏦🏈🏋🏾‍♂️💪🥇🏆

🥇The Rams are 5th time Provincial Champions🥇🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

Exceptional Indian cuisine and the most talented Bollywood dance teams you’ll ever see locally!!!

Call or msg to support an amazing program and to enjoy quality food and entertainment.

February 9th from 6-10 pm🎉🎉🎉

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It’s time to turn the page again! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported, helped, loved, been my friend and even those who did the contrary. 2018 was a great year and like the previous ones provided several learning opportunities and made us all a little bit more wiser (I hope so 😜!) Let us move ahead - enjoy the last day of 2018. Have a great evening, please be safe and ring in the new year in style! May the new year bring you and your families happiness, prosperity, good health and lots of love! Happy New Year!! ... See MoreSee Less

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A new family of 4 is moving to Victoria BC from South Carolina, USA. They have 2 boys, 5 and 7, years old. They are looking for accommodation for rent. Preferably close to school. If anyone has any available accommodation or has suggestions please message us!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you AAJ Media for covering this event! You guys are amazing, we can never pay you back for the excellent work you do for the community and specially for ICCA! Thank you! AAJ MEDIA GROUP!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow what an amazing evening! For every event to be successful there are a few important ingredients. Planning, executing the plan, putting everything in place, set up, monitoring the site during the event and take down!
I would like to thank the ICCA board for planning and execution.
Thanks to Decor team which worked hard to design and then turn it into reality. Kudos to Pardeep Virk, Surjit Bedi, Kamal Panesar, Marwaha, Kam Lider, Sean Lider, Sneh Kochar & entire UMANG team for the set up.
Thanks to the board in successfully managing the event.
Thanks to everyone for take down and cleanup, kudos to Kam Lider, Surjit Bedi, Marwaha, Manjit Lider, Raj Grewal, Pardeep Virk, Sukh Virk, Massa Thind, Sneh Kochar & the UMANG group!

Special thanks to Dez Mahal for leading this event!

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Thank you everyone! This event is sold out. We will not have any tickets at the door. If you don’t have the tickets in hand or confirmed you might be out of luck. With the response we got for this event we will look for a bigger hall next year!
Doors will open at 6:30 PM please don’t be late. Let us celebrate Diwali in form.
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Let’s remember all those who fought for our freedom, against injustice, for humanity, for mankind, for honour and above all because they thought that was the right thing to do. Let’s remember the great people who served in world wars, gulf wars, Afghanistan, Kargil and all other conflicts around the world. It’s also an opportunity to reach out to the veterans who returned from those battle grounds. Let’s care for them and understand their needs and help them fulfill those! ... See MoreSee Less

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Time is ticking and we are getting more excited about the event next weekend. Just gentle reminder dress for the occasion. Try out your best Indian dress. Ladies - it’s time to pull out the best suit. Guys - it’s time to het out of usual shirts and trousers. Let’s make it colourful. DJ Sanj - another local talent - will be there to rock the dance floor. So let’s get ready!! ... See MoreSee Less

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