Shimla: First ever Himachal Day in USA was held at Milpitas (California) in U.S.A. on June 14, celebrating rich culture and heritage of Himachal Pradesh.
This unique effort brought hundred Himachalis and friends of Himachal Pradesh together at India Community Center (ICC) to enjoy Himachali dances, culinary delicacies, music, folk fashions, displays, etc.
ICC has dedicated June as “Himachal Month” and is holding displays of Himachali crafts, paintings, pictures, etc., showcasing its cultural heritage.
On the occasion, acclaimed Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, was honored and was presented the Distinguished Citizen Award (in recognition of Outstanding Community Leadership, Service and his pioneering efforts
in creating World Wide Hindu Identity and fostering Interfaith Dialogue), a Himachali shawl and a Himachali topi, by Vice-Mayor of City of Cupertino Kris Wang.
Zed has taken up Hindu, interfaith, religion, environment, Roma and other causes all over the world. He had read the groundbreaking first Hindu opening prayer in United States Senate in Washington DC. He had been bestowed with “World Interfaith Leader Award”.
Coordinating committee, which organized this colorful event, included community leaders Mahesh Nihalani, Asha Stokes Sharma, Colonel Vishnu Sharma, Dr. Meena Patyal, Sudha Stokes Puar and many others.
Event included Himachal Group Song lead by Kanta Sud, “An American in Gandhi’s India” book introduction by Asha Stokes Sharma, Gaddi FolkDance by Uma Chitlapatti and others, Chamba Folk Songs by Yamini
Mitter, Lahal & Spiti folk dance by Sumaswara and others, Himachali Duet Song by Kanta and Sushma Sud, Himachali Costume Display and Dance by children, Himachali Song by Yamini, Natti Folk Dance lead by Neelam MadaiK.