The Orlando theme park celebrated the festival of lights with a brilliant three-day event
A different kind of magic enveloped the enchanting world of Disney in Florida—it was time for Diwali, the festival of lights. In a first of its kind, Disney World in Orlando, FL hosted an unforgettable celebration that seamlessly weaved together the enchantment of the park with the rich traditions of the ancient festival.
The inaugural Diwali festivities at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida this year were a spectacular three-day event that showcased the vibrant culture of India. Hosted by Jashn Productions, the celebration brought together more than 400 dancers who performed across various Disney locations. The event, spanning from October 26 to 29, marked a significant milestone as Diwali was joyously embraced within the magical realm of Disney. To add a touch of Disney magic to the festivities, the event was inaugurated by the iconic characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who were joined by specially abled children, creating heartwarming moments and emphasizing the inclusive spirit of the celebration.[Story 2]
With her star rising, Harmanpreet Kaur had a 2023 to remember
Indian women’s cricket captain, 34-year-old Harmanpreet Kaur is closing a year in which she was the first woman to be named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year, one of 2023’s TIME 100, and one of BBC 100 Women 2023. Last year she led her team to a silver-medal finish at the Commonwealth Games, and in Indian cricket, she led Mumbai Indians to win the inaugural Women’s Premier League last March.
As she closes out the extraordinary year, the athlete from Moga, India will embark on
two home Tests after a grueling Women’s Big Bash League campaign in which she is the only Indian player. “The Test series is something which we are really looking forward to because I haven’t played in front of a home crowd [since 2014], so I’m really excited for that,” Harmanpreet told ESPNcricinfo.
Growing the Culture Tree
The minority women business enterprise promotes education, awareness, and knowledge of South Asian culture
Led by its founder, Anu Sehgal, the Culture Tree promotes South Asian culture through educational and enrichment programs by partnering with museums, galleries, schools, and libraries to implement education programming. For Diwali, the company held numerous events, which included puppet shows, dance performances and arts and crafts to promote cultural literacy. The imperative stemmed from a prevalent misperception in America, where the prevailing notion often reduced Indian culture to a singular dimension.
The endeavor extended beyond mere representation, venturing into the establishment of programs that were meticulously crafted and structured. A primary focus emerged in the realm of language, recognizing the importance of imparting language literacy to South Asian children residing in the United States. This ambitious initiative is laying the foundation for a more comprehensive understanding of the rich and intricate tapestry that is South Asian heritage. While the initial emphasis was on language, The Culture Tree has since broadened the scope to include cultural events, cooking classes, and fostering a sense of community.