Category Archives: Festivals

Atirudra MahaYagnam from March 1st to March 11th

Atirudra MahaYagnam from March 1st to March 11th

Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, CA, would like to reach out to the Hindu community in the Bay area and across the US and invite them to participate in the Atirudra Maha Yagnam and Sata Chandi Homam to be performed at the Livermore temple from March 1 through March 11, 2018. This is the first time an event of this magnitude is performed by Livermore Temple. Atirudram is a Mega 11 day event with participation by 121 priests and ritviks, many of them coming all the way from India. We therefore urge devotees to seize the opportunity at hand and participate all eleven days of the event.
What is the Ati Rudram? The four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) are the roots of our religion and foundation for Sanatana Dharma. Rudram and Chamakam are contained in the Krishna Yajur Veda. Rudram is the most sacred means of worshipping Lord Siva. Eleven recitations of the Sri Rudram (Namakam) followed by one recitation of the Chamakam is called the Ekadasa Rudram. Eleven Ekadasa Rudram recitations make one Laghu Rudram. Eleven Laghu Rudram recitations make Maharudram and eleven Maharudram recitations constitute Ati Rudram!

Festival of Colors – Holi Newark Park Mall, Newark

Come and celebrate Holi, the “Festival of Colors” on Saturday, March 10th, at Newark Park Mall, Newark. Join thousands of people to sprinkle colors and spread cheers with friends and family. Play Holi with family and friends with biodegradable skin-friendly colors. Enjoy delicious food, dazzling musical and cultural extravaganza. Dance to the beats of Desi Dhol and DJ. Colors and Food will be available to purchase at the venue. FREE Parking. Buy tickets at,
For more information contact: Vidya Sethuraman (510) 491-4867

Lohri Festival 2018 – Jan 14 in Newark

Lohri is a Punjabi festival which celebrates the winter solstice. This festival marks the longest night of the year. Celebrations include bhangra and giddha on the beats of dhol.
Our Supporters:
Ginny Bedi of Ginny Bedi Law Firm is a passionate and kind Punjaban. We are grateful for her contribution to this festival.
Raj Budwal of Bay Area Third Eye has agreed to be the official photographer of Lohri Festival 2018.
Dr. Ria Singh (Popular Chiropractor from Fremont) has been very generous and always supportive of Global Women Power. We thank her for her contribution.
For tickets, please call on 510-830-8771 or 408-422-8585
Organizers: Alka Madan and Rosy Kaur

New India Bazar Diwali Sale in Dublin & Pleasanton

Visit New India Bazar Dublin or Pleasanton to get the great deals for Diwali! Sale ends October 22, 2017. See image for all the sale items.
4552 Dublin Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568
Ph:(925) 875-1692

3160 Santa Rita Rd,
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Ph:(925) 461-3000

You can also visit any of our 7 stores.  Find the location nearest you by visiting our website:
Happy Diwali to you and your family ūüôā

Indian Ethnic Clothing Options for Festive Season

Navratri, marked with dances such as dandiya and garba begins on September 21 and ends on September 29, and the 10th day will be celebrated as Dussehra. Plenty of ghagra and other ethnic skirt options, jewerly, bracelets, ¬†and other new styles available for festive dance season. Please make your selections online, make an appointment, and pick up locally in Dublin. ¬†Avail of 10% off when you mention this ad. Check out at or contact/text 408/375-6353 or email¬†dish…@t…com

1 or 2 Day Sanskar Bharti Workshop @ Pleasanton

All, Many thanks for overwhelming response and your suggestions are encouraging. As advised by most of you, I am including one day workshop option as well, please select appropriate options based on your current skill set level. Look forward to an event full of fun.
Option 1 : Tue Sep 19th and / OR Wed, Sep 20th 10 am to 12PM
Option 2 : Sat Sep 23rd and / OR Sun Sep 24th 11 am to 1 pm

Sanskar Bharti – Contact: Priyanka @ 510 358 6287
What you will learn?
Day 1
Sanskar bharti fundamentals
Draw and colour various shapes, signs and there applications
One simple to medium complex Sansakar bharti Rangoli
Day 2
Draw and colour advance signs and shapes
Sanskar bharti designs
One medium to complex Sanskar bharti Rangoli.
Workshop Fees: (a) Two days:- $30 /- (b) any One day:- $20/-
(includes material & both the days)
Address: 7357 Stonedale dr, Pleasanton, ca

Onam 2017 Celebration on Saturday, Sept 16th

Bay Area Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate ONAM festival on Saturday, September 16th 2017 in Livermore, California.
The details are here:
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood or would like to meet/greet like-minded families in the neighborhood or participate in the events, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity.
We are planning a grand Onam feast (Sadya) with traditional festivities like Pookkalam, Maveli and cultural programs like Thiruvathira dance, kids’ dance songs/music, et al.
As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join!
Thank you,
Vijay Valliyil
Ph: 925-261-6601

Navaratri Bazaar Sep 10th

A good opportunity for a festive season to  buy Handmade Jewelry, Decorative Gifts, Dresses , Silk Sarees and more Рby Nirmitee Arts.
Sunday Sep 10th from 10 AM to 5 PM 4460 Black Avenue, Suite C, Pleasanton
Wide and colorful range of handmade fashion jewelry for women by Sim Beads! Mesmerizing collection of I Kanchipuram Silk, Tussar,Madhubani, Bangalore soft silk, Kotta Sarees in vibrant colors.
Decorative handmade Diyas by Rekha Joshi
Ethnic and elegant non-allergic, custom made terracotta jewelry by Kotta Krazy Bay area’s largest western and traditional Lucknavi Chikankari Collection. Hand-embroidered designer wear by Thread Country
Unique and intricate Porcelain china paintings by Eugenia Zobel
Contact: Rekha Joshi (408)781-2835 Chandrika Natarajan (925)413-1404 Pallavi Dakwale (925)786-3865

SEF Holi 2017-March 11, Alameda County Fairgrounds

SEF is hosting its the 2nd Annual Holi (Festival of Colors) at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 11:00-3:00pm. The festival is kid friendly, has a super DJ with great music, will have food for purchase and lots of colors, including one free packet with admission.  The event consists of sharing the joy of Holi by sprinkling color powder on friends, family and anyone participating. Please bring friends and family to participate in the event and support a good cause.
Saturday, March 11th, 11AM – 3PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
$15 at the event
Link to Tickets:

Holi Festival Celebration at Bishop Ranch – Mar 24, 2017

The family-friendly, colorful festival of Holi will be celebrated right here at the Bishop Ranch 2600 front parking lot on Friday, March 24. This free event is expected to attract over 1,400 attendees this year (see pics from last year’s event).
Holi is an ancient festival from India that celebrates the beginning of spring. Participants throw brightly colored powdered pigments on each other as a way to commemorate the vibrant, abundant colors of springtime and to say farewell to the long winter.
Along with the traditional throwing of colors, there will be plenty of free activities for the family: face painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances, and live music to enjoy while you grab dinner at one of the mobile gourmet food trucks. There is also plenty of free parking! Don’t forget to bring a set of old clothes (white works best), the family, and join to take part in this exciting family event.
– Friday, March 24, 2017 – 5:30pm- 8:00pm
– BR2600, Front Parking Lot 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583
Contact: Annie Noebel, anoebe…@c…com (949) 525-7024 or Bishop Ranch Community Outreach, (925) 543-0100.

SEF Holi 2017 – March 11, 2017 , Pleasanton, CA

SEF announces the 2nd Annual Holi (Festival of Colors) to be hosted at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 11:00-3:00pm. The festival is kid friendly, has a super DJ with great music, will have food for purchase and lots of colors, including one free packet with admission. Please bring friends and family to support the event.
Saturday, March 11th, 11AM – 3PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
Tickets : $15
Free color packet Link to Tickets: http://www. holi-pleasanton

Christmas-New-Year celebration/dinner on Sat, Dec 17th

sangama2016xmas-flyerSanGaMa- The Bay Area Kerala group is planning to celebrate Christmas-New-Year celebration/dinner on Saturday, Dec 17th evening in San Ramon. Please send a note if you are interested to join the fun and interact with local families!
As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join and participate in our programs.  Check out the details at facebook page
If you are a local business interested in sponsoring the event, please let us know.
Best Regards,

Diwali @ Windemere

diwali-windemereHi All, I am very excited to announce that Windemere at San Ramon is hosting a very big Diwali Event that will be attended by over 200 people.
We have Childrens Play Area, Programs including Singing, Dancing etc. Spot Events and Prizes including Best Dressed Male, Female, Child and lot of delicious food.
If you are wondering where to spend some quality time this weekend, please head over to our event.
Here is the link to purchase tickets: