Punjabi American Festival

Punjabi American Festival

May
Since 1994, the Punjabi American Heritage Society has sponsored the annual Punjabi American Festival in Yuba City, Calif. The event is meant to celebrate the Punjabi culture of Northern India and to introduce young Punjabi-Americans to their heritage. Many Punjabi immigrants have settled in the Yuba City area of California. The festival is the largest of its kind in North America.
The Punjabi American Festival is a day-long event held at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City. It begins with the playing of the National Anthem, followed by children reciting a Punjabi prayer. Featured are Bhangra dance groups, which contain both male and female dancers in colorful costumes performing songs and intricate dances. Traditionally, Bhangra dances are performed to celebrate harvest time. There are also other ethnic folk dancers and musical performers, Punjabi comedy skits, arts and crafts, movies, children's games, and over 50 booths selling traditional foods, clothing, and jewelry. Over 300 children participate in the stage performances. A number of prominent Punjabis from across the country are also honored by the Punjabi American heritage Society during the festival. The money raised is used towards cultural projects in the Yuba City community.
CONTACTS:
Punjabi American Heritage Society
P.O. Box 621
Yuba City, CA 95992
www.punjabiamericanheritagesociety.org
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