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Every year, the Indian Cultural Association organizes unique programs of Indian classical dance and music, folk music and dance, and drama in many Indian languages by professionals and professionally trained artists. India’s vibrant culture is an amalgamation of religions, festivals, food, art, crafts, dance, music, and much more. India has always been known for its customs of hospitality and the country stands out for the warmth in its interactions and the joy in its festivities.


The festivals are an immersive environment that salutes history, embraces globalization, and celebrates communities. Many health and wellness practices that are now common in the U.S., such as yoga, meditation, and vegetarian eating, reflect the cultural influences of India. We invite you to embark on this adventure with your family and friends, where you savor the bits and bites from all over India.

Indian- Americans are the largest immigrant minority in Howard County.

festival of india 2023

Celebrating the Cultural & Linguistic Diversity of India -

“Vasudev Kutumbakam,” representing cultural diversity in performing arts, music, and children's activities, the ICA Zee5 Festival of India in 2023 showcased India’s essence, enthusiasm, and energy.  Spectacular Fashion Show and cultural performances have always been a major draw. The festival was a Shopper's delight with Vendors coming from all over the United States with ethnic clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, souvenirs, and many Diwali items. The family-friendly event had henna, balloon twisting, face painting, and more!


“Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” – 75 years of India’s independence - was the theme of last year's program. Over 200 talented people participated in the program and the event was attended by over 10,000 people in a single day. An excellent program of Indian music and dance enthralled a packed audience for almost eight hours.


Holi is a Hindu festival that has been celebrated since ancient times. The Holi Festival is celebrated as a way to welcome spring and is also seen as a new beginning. People throw colors at each other and feast on delicacies. The festival is inclusive, and one of the main themes of the festival is unity.

ICA Food Festival 2019

Golgappa Eating Contest at the Festival was great fun. People came from all over to see the contest.



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