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Indian Independence Day Celebration

The Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program invites the public to celebrate Indian Independence Day at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Presented by The Dancing Silhouette, the celebration will take place at the Sunset Beach playground area of Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road,

India gained independence from British rule on Aug 15, 1947. Indian communities around the world commemorate the holiday through celebrations of Indian culture, including historical pageants.

Event activities include:

  • Hoisting the Indian flag.

  • Singing the Indian national anthem.

  • A children’s parade reflecting India’s cultural diversity with traditional wear.

  • Reenactments of some of the events that led up to independence through music, dance and storytelling.

The event is free and family friendly and open to the public.. Public transportation is available to Lake Sammamish State Park via King County’s Metro Transit System. A Discover Pass is required for personal vehicle access.

This event is accessible to people with disabilities. If special accommodations are required to attend, people should make advance arrangements by calling (360) 902-8635, (425) 649-4275 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388.

About Dancing Silhouette
The Dancing Silhouette was founded in 2017 by Chitralekha Majhi to bring awareness to social causes through the arts and dance. Majhi, trained in Indian folk and classical dance, and a team of dancers, costume and props designers, choreographers and sponsors volunteer their time to bring the Indian Independence Day Celebration to Lake Sammamish State Park. For more information, contact dancingsilhouette4@gmail.com or on social media:

  • Instagram: @the_dancing_silhouette

  • Facebook and YouTube: @DancingSilhouette

About the Folk and Traditional Arts Program
Indian Independence Celebration is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts Program, with funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as support from the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts program, including upcoming events, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/folkarts, or contact Makaela Kroin, program coordinator, at Makaela.Kroin@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8635.

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