India Day Parade Nyc 2010
August 15, 2010 by staff
“We used to go to school when I was growing up,” Johorey, 42, said. “There was a flag raised and the head of the school and a local politician came to talk about why we were all together there and how the country has progressed. So there’s a lot of memories attached to this day.”
On Saturday, Johorey watched his two daughters sing patriotic songs in Hindi on the 63rd Celebration of Independence Day of India at the Government Center in Stamford.
“It’s very, very special to me,” said Johorey. “There is no way I would miss it.”
Johorey moved to the United States 16 years ago. She lived in Stamford for seven years and is now a resident of Westport. Johorey is pleased that India’s Independence Day, a national holiday in India, fell on a weekend this year. While the holding in Stamford took place on Saturday, the Indian official Independence Day is Sunday.
“It’s nice when you are so close to a weekend, and that makes it really extra special to have the day off,” said Johorey. “It’s like the Fourth of July. There is a sense of patriotism.”
The celebration this year was particularly special to Johorey because their parents, both alive for the first Independence Day of India 63 years ago, were visiting India. Johorey aunt and uncle were involved in the liberation movement. They marched with Mahatma Gandhi and clashed with police as India fought for independence from British colonial rule, Johorey said. Their parents often tell stories of these troubled times.
“For them, it is definitely a great thing,” he said. “We’ve heard from them how the country has grown and trained in the past 60 years.”
Dozens of members of the Indian community was presented on the morning of Government Center on Saturday for a celebration organized by the World Organization of People of Indian Origin. The president of the organization, Shailesh Naik, said Independence Day is a time to remember and honor the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to liberate India.
“India today is politically stable and with a strengthening economy is marching towards a golden future,” Naik said.
Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia assisted in hoisting the tricolor Indian flag outside the Government Center. horizontal stripes of the flag of saffron, white and dark green are symbolic. Saffron represents the sacrifice and courage, white indicates purity, peace and truth, and the green represents faith and fertility. A 24-spoke chakra in the center of the flag is the wheel of justice and symbolizes change and the endless circle of life.
Pavia thanked the Indian community for their support for his administration and read a proclamation declaring August 14 Indian Independence Day in Stamford.
“Do not forget the kindness and support you gave me when I was a candidate for mayor and the support they continue to give me now,” said Pavia.
For friends and Priyanka Arora Ankita Mukherjee, both 15, Indian Independence Day is a day to maintain the traditions and values of their heritage.
“We’ve been coming to the Government Center since we were 5 or 6,” said Arora. “We used to dance, but now we’re older, so it’s up to young children.”
The two girls speak Hindi and said they learned of their indigenous culture and religion of their parents.
“Both are Kathak, the dance of India,” Mukherjee said. “We are in contact with Gopi.
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