The first ever Manasota Indian Festival was held on Saturday, August 10th at the Bradenton area Convention Center in Palmetto. The festival included cultural information on India, including the different religions, education, and family information. There were plenty of shopping opportunities for jewelry, clothing, saris, music, movies and of course food. There was even a table setup for getting a Henna painting. The hall was decorated with panels that were hand made.
The festival was hosted by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and the Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota. It commemorated India’s Independence Day, which is Aug. 15.
A program was setup on a central stage, that showed a journey across India with dance and stories, with a background of photographs of the areas in India. The program included two sessions to allow people to attend either one to make sure everyone was able to experience the festival.