Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha, the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva, is the most well loved and widely worshipped deity among Hindus. Ganesha, also known as Ganpati, has been represented with the head of an elephant in Indian art for as long as anyone can remember, and there are many explanations for how he got his elephant head. Lord Ganesha symbolizes strength, wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Every year Hindus celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of August or September on the occasion of Ganesha’s birthday. The festival lasts for 10 days and large pandals (temporary structures) are erected all over the … Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi

The Bollywood Bash Raises Money for the Armaan Club!

by Junior Board member- Tessa Tsarong-Blomker The Junior Board is pleased to announce that our Bollywood Bash to support the Armaan Club was a success! The event was completely sold out and we brought in $2,445!  We are so happy with the amount of people that came out to support and have fun! We started off the night with food donated from local vendors, drinks, and music by DJ Jon Garcia.   The mingling transitioned into Bollywood dance instruction by Gopi Engineer of the Meher Dance Company. Hardly anybody was too shy to dance and Gopi brought so much energy … Continue reading The Bollywood Bash Raises Money for the Armaan Club!

Ramadan- A Day in the Life of Hasina

Ramadan or Ramazan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed worldwide by Muslims as the month of fasting. For 29- 30 days (depending on sightings of the moon), Muslims fast every day from dawn till dusk, without consuming food or water. A fairly large number of the women artisans at MarketPlace are Muslims and come to work each day during the month of Ramazan and go through the entire work day without any food or drink. Hasina from the Ashiana Collective tells us about her schedule during this month of fasting. “The entire family wakes up … Continue reading Ramadan- A Day in the Life of Hasina