Diwali Lakshmi Kubera Pooja with 1008 lamps, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

Diwali Lakshmi Kubera Pooja with 1008 lamps, Fremont, CA, USA  - Pictures

Diwali Lakshmi Kubera Pooja with 1008 lamps, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India,Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Diwali was first celebrated in the White House in 2003 and was given official status by the US Congress in 2007 by former president George W. Bush. Barack Obama became the first president to personally attend Diwali at the White House in 2009. The United States Postal Service issued a Diwali postage stamp on 5 October 2016.

One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

* Hindus across the world celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. To honor the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from Lanka and to illuminate their path, villagers light Diyas to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

* For some, Diwali also celebrates the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of -Agyatavas- in Mahabharata.

* Deepavali is linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, who is venerated amongst Hindus as the goddess of wealth and prosperity and is the wife of Lord Vishnu. The 5-day festival of Diwali begins on the day Goddess Lakshmi was born from the churning of cosmic ocean of milk by the Devas (gods) and the Asuras (demons); while the night of Diwali is the day Lakshmi chose Vishnu as her husband and they were married. Along with Lakshmi, devotees make offerings to Ganesha, who symbolizes ethical beginnings and fearless remover of obstacles; Saraswati, who embodies music, literature and learning and Kubera, who symbolizes book-keeping, treasury and wealth management.

* Other Hindus believe that Diwali is the day Vishnu came back to Lakshmi and their abode in the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her good mood, and therefore are blessed with mental, physical and material wellbeing during the year ahead.

Date : 10/29/16 7pm to 9pm
Venue : Vedic Dharma Samaj Fremont Hindu Temple, 3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont, CA, 94538.

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Airport Day, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, CA, US

Airport Day, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, CA, USA  - Pictures

Airport Day, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, CA, USA – Pictures

ENTRY AND PARKING IS FREE! Enjoyed aircraft displays with all kinds of different and exciting aircraft to look at with the whole family! Numerous exhibitors and vendors were at Airport Day including a wide variety of San Carlos Flight Centers groups.

Airport Day is also an aviation themed scavenger hunt for the kids, it is a fun and exciting way from them to see everything the day has to offer. Once you build up an appetite from all that scavenger hunting you can choose from a wide variety of food trucks that will be on location! To top everything off there will be a drone zone, helicopter rides and free airplane rides for children! What better way to spend an Airport Day than in the sky viewing the beautiful Bay Area from above!

San Carlos Flight Center booths

FlyOutGroup (FOG)
Fly Like a Girl (FLAG)
Student and New Pilot Support Group
The Collective
Youth Aviators Weekend (YAW)

Stopped by the San Carlos Airport for 4th Annual Airport Day. Enjoyed aircraft displays, exhibitors and vendors, drone zone, food trucks, helicopter rides and free airplane rides for children.

San Carlos Airport – San Mateo County Airports, 620 Airport Way, San Carlos, California 94070.

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Dusherra Celebrations(Ram Leela and Ravan dahan) at BAYVP, Milpitas, CA, USA – Pictures

Dusherra Celebrations(Ram Leela and Ravan dahan) at BAYVP, Milpitas, CA, USA  - Pictures

Dusherra Celebrations(Ram Leela and Ravan dahan) at BAYVP, Milpitas, CA, USA – Pictures

All devotees are invited to celebrate Dusshera celebrations with Ram Leela dances, Ram Leela Act in English (Specially for Kids) by Braj Theatre, Ravan Dahan, food and lots of fun.

Come Savor the very popular Fafda-Jalebi-Chutney Ujjani.

Sunday, 9th October, 2016, 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar(Bayvp) Shreemaya Krishnadham, 25 Corning Ave, Milpitas, California 95035.

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Bay Area Durga Utsav(Saradotsav – San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont), San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Bay Area Durga Utsav(Saradotsav - San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont), San Jose, CA, USA  - Pictures

Bay Area Durga Utsav(Saradotsav – San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont), San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Pashchimi Durga Puja 2016.
Oct 7 – 11, 6pm to 10pm.
Unify Event Center, 765 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122.
This year, Pashchimi is thrilled to have Anupam Roy and his band, EXCLUSIVE in the bay area – do not miss the event!

BayArea Prabasi – Sharodotsav 2016.
Oct 7 to Oct 9.
Santa clara county fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111.
3 days of puja, exquisite decorations, food, cultural programs.
Keka Ghosal, Kushal Paul, Joy Sarkar.

Bay Area Durga Utsav Santa Clara.
October 7 – October 10 – 5 PM to 8 PM.
Banquet Hall 5155 Stars and Stripes Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054.
4 days of Puja, Food, Prasad, Cultural Program. WomenNow TV is geared up for yet another spectacular Durga Puja 2016.

Durga Puja in Fremont – Saradotsav 2016.
Fremont Hindu Temple, 3676 Delaware Dr, Fremont, California 94538.
October 6 – October 10 – 7 PM to 10 PM.
FOG (Festival Of Globe) brings Fremonts only Durga Puja. Starting from Thursday ( Sashti) following exact India timing. Most Authentic and Auspiscious.

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TCA Bay Area Bathukamma and Dasara festival, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

TCA Bay Area Bathukamma and Dasara festival, Fremont, CA, USA  - Pictures

TCA Bay Area Bathukamma and Dasara festival, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

Telangana Cultural Association(TCA) in association with Telangana Jagruthi celebrated Bathukamma and Dussara festival on Oct 02.

Honorable MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha Garu is the Chief Guest for this event. Large crowd participated in this fabulous Bathukamma event in Bay Area.

Venue : Royal Plalace, 6058 stevenson blvd, fremont, CA 94538.

Bathukamma is floral festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana. Every year this festival is celebrated as per Telugu version of Hindu calendar in the Bhadrapada Amavasya, also known as Mahalaya Amavasya, usually in September–October of Gregorian calendar. Bathukamma is celebrated for nine days during Durga Navratri.

Bathukamma represents cultural spirit of Telangana. Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal values, in 7 concentric layers in the shape of temple gopuram. In Telugu, Bathukamma means -Mother Goddess come Alive-.

It is the festival for feminine felicitation. On this special occasion women dress up in the traditional sari combining it with jewels and other accessories.

For the nine days, in the evening, women, especially young girls, gather in large numbers with their Bathukammas in open areas of their locality. All women will form a circle around the Bathukamma and start singing folk songs by clapping their hands and revolving around the Bathukamma, synchronizing steps and claps in unison provide a splendorous look to the festivities. Women seek good health, prosperity and happiness for their families. The songs are to invoke the blessings of various goddesses. By principle, the rendition end with any one of the following three tributes Uyyaala , Chandamama or Gouramma.

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Science in the Park(Egg drop) at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Hayward, CA, USA – Pictures

Science in the Park(Egg drop) at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Hayward, CA, USA  - Pictures

Science in the Park(Egg drop) at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Hayward, CA, USA – Pictures

Unleash your curiosity and discover your inner Einstein!

Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Hayward – Saturday, October 1 – 9 am – 2 pm.

A benefit hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, in support of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, Hayward Education Foundation, New Haven Schools Foundation, Newark Educational Foundation, and Fremont Education Foundation.

Science in the Park is a FREE family event that makes STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and health compelling and accessible to children, famlies, and the general public.

This event includes interactive/hands on activities that promotes STEM, live animal demonstrations, health screenings, friendly competitions, and much more.

The egg drop challenge is a long standing tradition of the Science, Earth, and Health Fair, and has carried over to Science in the Park. They partner with the Alameda County Fire Department – their firefighters drop the eggs from the top of their 60 foot ladder!

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Stone Age Olympics at Coyote Hills, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

Stone Age Olympics at Coyote Hills, Fremont, CA, USA  - Pictures

Stone Age Olympics at Coyote Hills, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

* Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA.
* Dairy Glen campground, Sept 25, 2016 10:00am – 12:15pm abd 1:00pm – 3:00pm
* FREE Admission for the Event – Only $5.00 parking fee/vehicle

Step back in time to learn about the first technology of early humans. Joined them for a fun-filled day at the Stone Age Olympics.

Cast a Paleolithic dart thrower (atlatl), make fire by rubbing sticks together, throw a rabbit stick, fling a bolas, create a cave painting and participate in other age appropriate primeval activities.

Watch skilled flintknappers transform rocks into arrowheads and various functional tools.

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International Childrens Festival at Discovery Meadow Park, San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

International Childrens Festival at Discovery Meadow Park, San Jose, CA, USA  - Pictures

International Childrens Festival at Discovery Meadow Park, San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

International Childrens Festival has been organized as a flagship event with the goal of bringing together children from different cultures and communities in the Bay Area, and raising awareness to social problems children face by means of art contest and donations. They are proud to say the festival, which includes food, fun, dance, shows, and exhibits has been celebrated for seven years now.

Discovery Meadow Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, California. 10 AM – 5 PM.

The main organizers of the festival are Pacifica Institute, BayCC, and Childrens Discovery Museum of San Jose. 22 different groups and ethnicities performed their folk dances with authentic clothing and native songs. Some of the participating cultures were Chinese, Hawaiian, Indian, Mexican, Turkish, and Burmese. While enjoying traditional dances, visitors had the opportunity to taste homemade authentic dishes and desserts from around the world. In addition to dance performances, children enjoyed a circus, magic show, pony rides, balloon twisters, face painting and much more.

The food sale profits will be donated to reputable charities such as Embrace Relief, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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IBIKE Union City, Union City, CA, USA – Pictures

IBIKE Union City, Union City, CA, USA  - Pictures

IBIKE Union City, Union City, CA, USA – Pictures

IBIKE Union City is a Bike Show and Swap Meet sponsored by Union City Community and Recreation Services.
Public viewed and voted on their favorite custom, vintage, lowriders bikes and trikes!
Public enjoyed food, live music, community performers, and artists!

Charles F Kennedy Park, 1333 Decoto Rd, Union City, California 94587. 9 AM – 3 PM.

If you are looking to fix up a bike of your own, come visit some of the vendors during the swap meet who will be selling bike parts and accessories. The Union City Teen Workshop is also be there to help you put your project together or do some simple fixes on your bike! This is a FREE Event for the whole entire family! Public enjoyed Live Music, Food, and a FREE Interactive Kids Play Area!

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Garin Apple Festival at Garin Regional Park, Hayward, CA, USA – Pictures

Garin Apple Festival at Garin Regional Park, Hayward, CA, USA  - Pictures

Garin Apple Festival at Garin Regional Park, Hayward, CA, USA – Pictures

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks, 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544.
Saturday, September 10 Noon-4:00pm

Celebratef their farming and pioneer past during this years Apple Festival at the Garin Barn Visitor Center. Garin is home to an antique apple orchard with varieties of apples you will not find anywhere else!

Try your hand at hand-cranking ice cream or pressing apple cider, then taste the fruit of your labor.

Music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games make this event fun for the whole family!

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