Celebrate Indian culture in Lititz Springs Park Aug. 20

By on August 10, 2016

The Indian American Fusion Group of Lancaster will once again host MELA on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 8 p.m., in Lititz Spring Park, 24 N. Broad St.

The festival is the brainchild of Satish Dwivedi, a resident of Lititz and an audio technician for Clair Global. The word mela in Sanskrit means, “to meet or gather.” It is also used synonymously with “fair.”

The Indian cultural festival features entertainers, merchants, a food court, and fine art demonstrations for all ages.

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“At this event attendees, will experience and get to understand and enjoy Indian culture up close and personal,’ said Dwivedi. “As organizer, I believe that Lititz residents, being the ‘cool’ folks they are, will openly embrace and love the experience.”

Attendees will be able to experience Indian-American culture hands-on through various activities from the very onset. Lititz Mayor Tim Snyder will also be on hand.

Entertainment and demonstrations include, but are not limited to: belly dance by Alis Habibi and Queen Maniya Group; sitar music; musician Ralph Leon Miller; Bollywood Dance Hangama by Taarang, with Mitali Das; an Indian fashion show, face painting; henna painting by Joyful Canvas; a bounce house; balloon artists; and more.

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Guests will have chance to enjoy Indian food: vegetable samosa chaat, crisp triangle turnovers stuffed with spiced potatoes, peas and cumin; chicken curry and a blend of vegetables, cooked in exotic spices herb and roots; mango lassi, a refreshing mango flavored yogurt drink; and a variety of desserts. Offerings will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

Although the event is free, an RSVP is requested at iafglorg@gmail.com, with the number of individuals attending, in order to help the food vendors prepare for the day.

To learn more about the Indian American Fusion Group of Lancaster, and the MELA festival, visit iafgl.org.

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