The Indian Organization of Lancaster County and Millersville University will hold a cultural festival called Namaste from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Promenade and Student Memorial Center on the Millersville University campus.
Attendees will be able to experience Indian culture in a hands-on way through various activities planned at the event.
Some of the offerings at Namaste include:
• Henna skin painting, along with face painting and arts and crafts stations representing various regions of the Indian sub-continent.
• Millersville students are designing activity centers for those attending. The tentative theme is games played in India, including Satoliya, Gutte, Kancha, Poshampa, Chaupar/Pachisi, Kith Kith and Pallanguli.
• Vendors at Namaste will be selling Indian clothing and other apparel and jewelry in a bazaar-style shoppping experience.
• There will be vegetarian and nonvegetarian Indian dishes and snacks, including samosa chaat pastries, mango lassi yogurt drinks and bhel puri rice, chutney and vegetable dishes. Desserts will include gulab jamuns (fried milk balls in rose-scented syrup).
Food will be provided by eateries including Taj Mahal and Upohar in Lancaster and Bombay Junction and Taj Palace in the Harrisburg area.
• There will be an Indian music and dance program at 2 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center.
Namaste is free, though there’s a charge for food and some of the activities.
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and to include the number of people they’re bringing. Walk-ins are welcome but prior registration is preferred.
For more information on this rain-or-shine event, visit the organization’s website at at www.iolcpa.org.