A captivating celebration of India’s diverse culture with a special focus on popular Indian games and sports.
The Indian American Cultural Association of Westchester (IACAW) in collaboration with the Westchester County and Westchester County Parks and Recreation, is hosting a grand 23rd Annual Heritage of India Festival, on August 6, 2023, to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India.
The picturesque and ever-beautiful park at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, Westchester County, NY will host the event and “promises to be a captivating celebration of India’s diverse culture with a special focus on popular Indian games and sports.”
This year, HIF fest will be held centered around the theme of “Popular Indian Games and Sports.”
All popular Indian traditional games kabaddi, gilli–danda, lakhoti (marbles), yoga, snakes and ladders, bhamardo, carrom, chess, and sports like cricket will make a mark at the event. The association will be encouraging visitors to take active participation in these timeless pastimes and learn more about India’s cultural signiﬁcance.
“By focusing on popular Indian games, the festival aims to empower and engage younger generations, allowing them to connect with their cultural heritage in an interactive and entertaining manner,” stated the organizers. The participants in HIF fest will get a chance to cherish their childhood memories through live demonstrations of traditional games of India.
Year after year, HIF continues to attract thousands of people from all age groups and ethnic backgrounds in the US, indulging in live performances, enjoying Indian cuisine, and shopping in an open-air bazaar, thereby becoming a premier event in the local communities.
“The Heritage of India Festival serves as a bridge between cultures, showcasing the vibrant traditions and rich heritage of India,” said Vaishali Bhattacharyya, president of IACAW.
This festival promises to be a day ﬁlled with excitement, live performances showcasing India’s diverse range of music, dance, and theatre, Indian cuisine with traditional ﬂavors and aromas, and above all an open-air bazaar featuring stalls with handicrafts, jewelry, and clothing in vibrant colors of India.