Activities that showcased the rich cultural diversity of Bihar and Jharkhand, and engaging exhibitions showing the states’ arts and crafts were part of the event
The Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America (BJANA) hosted its annual Diwali celebration at the Royal Albert Palace, New Jersey, USA. The event was attended by more than 600 community members from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware.
Mayor Charlie Carley of South Brunswick township in New Jersey graced the event as the chief guest and wished everyone on the occasion. Video messages from the Governor of Jharkhand C. P. Radhakrishnan, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren, and the Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar conveying wishes to the entire Bihar and Jharkhand diaspora in the United States were also screened.
On the occasion, BJANA presented awards to recognise the efforts of community members. Dr. Anil Kumar received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the organization. Dr. Rupam Saran was awarded for her achievements and community service. Abhinav Atul from Bihar, India, was recognized for his contributions to the people of Bihar and Jharkhand.
Anurag Kumar, the president of BJANA, emphasized BJANA’s ongoing fundraising efforts and charitable activities in the USA, Bihar, and Jharkhand and expressed gratitude to the community members for their active participation and unwavering support.
Alok Kumar, the past president of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), took the stage to invite all community members to participate in bidding farewell to Consul General New York, Randhir Jaiswal, on November 20 and express their gratitude for his services to the Indian community.
The event featured cultural programs, including dance, live band, and singing by the children from the community and adults. Additionally, activities that showcased the rich cultural diversity of Bihar and Jharkhand, and engaging exhibitions showing the states’ arts and crafts along with delectable Indian cuisine were also part of the festivities.