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Here are a few of the communities celebrating the festival of colors in Florida:

By NITISH S. RELE – editor@khaasbaat.com

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TAMPA/CLEARWATER/PINELLAS PARK

MARCH 20: HOLI; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; free for members; non-members $20/person; lunch; natural colors available for purchase; nominal parking fee; for information, call Keval Brahmbhatt at (813) 494-2700 or Mukesh Patel at (727) 505-4636.

MARCH 17: HOLI; Satya Narayan katha from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Holi Ka Dahan from 6:50 to 7:15 p.m., and mahaprasad after aarti; Ambaji Mandir, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; call the mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.com

MARCH 17: HOLI; Satya Narayan katha from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Holi Ka Dahan from 6:50 to 7:15 p.m., and mahaprasad after aarti; Laxmi Narayan Mandir,4615 George Road, Tampa; for information, call (813) 444-9786 or visit www.hindutempletampa.com

BARTOW/LAKELAND


MARCH 17: HOLI RANG UTSAV; Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple (ISSO), 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; 5 to 8 p.m.; for information, call (863) 529-1146 or visit www.issolakeland.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

MARCH 20: DHULETI CELEBRATIONS; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turkey Lake Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; free for society members; $35 for non-members; for information, call (863) 651-4418, email info@gujaratisocietycfl.com or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

JACKSONVILLE


MARCH 19: HOLI FESTIVAL; presented by Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville and Hindu Society of North East Florida; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free to public; Hindu Temple of Jacksonville, 4968 Greenland Road; free colors provided for ICS members; for information, visit https://jaxics.org/

SPACE COAST (COCOA)

MARCH 22: HOLI; organized by the India Association of the Space Coast (IASC); F. Burton Smith Regional Park, 7575 W. King St. (Highway 520), Cocoa; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for information, call (321) 271-7072, email iascbrevard@gmail.com

NAPLES/BONITA SPRINGS

MARCH 19: HOLI; organized by India Association of Naples; Vineyards Community Park, Pavilion#1, 6231 Arbor Blvd., W. Naples; 2 to 6 p.m.; Holi colors, snacks and drinks will be provided by association; free for all; for information, email naplesindia@gmail.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

MARCH 20: HOLI CELEBRATION; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); venue to be determined;11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $20 per person IRCC members, non-IRCC members $30; for details, call Durgesh Thaker at (954) 543-1539 or visit www.irccflorida.org



NORTH SOUTH TO HOLD ONLINE CONTESTS IN ORLANDO, FORT LAUDERDALE, TAMPA, JACKSONVILLE

North South Foundation (www.northsouth.org) will be holding its online educational contests for Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Jacksonville in April. Taking place in the United States since 1993, the contests are designed to encourage academic excellence among Indian American students and prepare them for college.
The contests are grouped into Junior, Intermediate or Senior levels for children from first- through 12th grade. Conducted every year in two steps, children participate in Regional Contests at various locations throughout the country. Then students with high scores, based on a cut-off, advance to the National Finals.

Computer science, spelling, essay, math, vocabulary, history, geography and public speaking contests are offered. Registration closes on March 20 and details are available on the web site.

ORLANDO: The contests will be held April 2, 9-10. For information, call Ramya Nagraj at (207) 409-2650 or email ramya567@gmail.com

TAMPA BAY: The contests, sponsored by Gurukulam of Tampa Bay Sunday School, will be April 2, 9-10. For information, call Ramesh Vasudevan at (813) 417-5799 or email e-mail ramesh.vasudevan@northsouth.org

FORT LAUDERDALE: The Fort Lauderdale contests will be held April 2, 9-10. For information, call Malathi Yeedara at (954) 918-3903 or email malathiyeedara@gmail.com

JACKSONVILLE: They will be on April 2, 30 and May 1. For more information, call Rajiv
Gupta at (904) 349-3179 or e-mail gupta_rajiv_jpr@hotmail.com
Day 1 contests are Computer Science and Essay Writing. The Day 2 contests include Math, Science, Geography Bee, History Bee and Brain Bee. The Day 3 contest includes Vocabulary Bee, Public Speaking Bee and Spelling Bee. 

Parents who are interested in registering their children can visit northsouth.org.  For questions, e-mail ramesh.vasudevan@northsouth.org


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