Farmington Hills nonprofit hosts India Day

India DayA Farmington Hills nonprofit will present the Midwest’s largest celebration of Asian Indian culture and traditions August 20, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

AQL India Day, held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., is free of charge and will feature live entertainment, authentic food and diverse exhibitors.

“Each year, more than 25,000 attendees come together to enjoy the tastes, sounds and sights of India,” Ramesh Gudapuri, AQL India Day chairman, said in a press release. “This growing, one-of-a-kind event gives us the opportunity to salute India’s Independence Day, which is held on August 15, while sharing our culture and traditions with not only family and friends, but also the public.”

In a festival-like atmosphere, 60 live performances will include more than 350 entertainers from local groups as well as regional dance academies. During the event, the winner of Miss ILA Michigan 2016 will be announced.

Numerous local restaurants, including India Flavors and Chutneys from Farmington Hills, Delhi Hut of Canton, and Bawarchi of Novi, will be on-site to provide a selection of authentic Indian food. More than 100 exhibitors, such as Ram Creations, Satrangi Jewelry and Shiva Collections, will sell authentic Indian apparel, costumes, arts and crafts, home furnishings and jewelry. Ford, FCA, Lexus and Mercedes also will have the latest automobile models on display.

The opening ceremony will begin with a parade at 10:30 a.m.. The route will end at the main stage where all dignitaries and special invited guests will be welcomed with a marigold garland and red tilak, a customary religious mark worn on the forehead. The ceremony will conclude with the lighting of the lamp, a Hindu custom to give thanks to the Lord and acknowledge a new event.

Based in Plymouth, the event’s title sponsor AQL, or Automotive Quality & Logistics, serves automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the North American region by providing sorting and inspection services, as well as engineering support, supplier development, technical staffing, warehousing and more.

For more information about AQL India Day, visit ilamichigan.org or write to indiaday@ilamichigan.org.

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