First Diwali Celebration at Naperville City Hall
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Naperville IL: Salome Foundation, under the leadership of Nag Jaiswal and Sheela Jaiswal held a memorable celebration of Diwali Festivities in Naperville City Hall for the first time, bringing together members of the Indian community and Elected Representatives of Naperville and Dupage County to mark the festival and to shine a light on the community and its culture.
In attendance were Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Councilman Paul Leong, Councilwoman Patti Gustin, Coucilman Patrick Kelly, Park District Commissioner Rich Janor, Candidate for US Senate Kathy Salvi, Dupage County Board Member Greg Hart, IL State Medical Board Chair Dr. Srinivas Reddy, ICO Chair Krishna Bansal, IABC Chair Ajeet Singh, HSS Chair Siddesh Shevade, FIA Chicago President Rakesh Malhotra, NRI Vasavi Treasurer Dinkar Karumuri, AAEIO President Gladson Varghese , Prominent leaders of Naperville Community: Srinivas Ravula, Shishir Jain, Nipa Shah, Keyur Shah, Ninad Daftari, Puneet Kapoor, Ram Saini, Satish Dodegopu, Bhanu Swargam, Harry Mohan, Raghu Narasimhan, Ashwin Devnani, Madhav Srikanti, Rahul Mittal, Anudeep Reddy and Munish Kaistha.
Nag Jaiswal celebrated Naperville and India’s strong cultural bond. He said: “It’s estimated that about 25,000 Indians or persons of Indian origins live in Naperville. Most of these people work in healthcare, information technology, engineering and management positions.
Greg Hart addressed the audience. “Diversity in culture enriches each of us. Diversity in humanity is very important. “Celebrations like this help us to learn about each other’s cultures, traditions and values. Diwali celebrates prosperity, peace, happiness, joy and hope for the future.” He Said.
Naperville’s unique relationship was well-documented during the event at City Hall, with things like Mayor Chirico’s love for the philosophies of India and the influence of Indians in the community.
Kathy Salvi addressed the audience. “In the current political and economic environment, we as a city and country must continue to enhance economic, social, educational and cultural links with countries like India. Both USA and India have had profound effects on each other,” she added.
ICO Chair Krishna Bansal highlighted the importance of Diwali and his legacy of promoting Indian culture and tradition in Naperville.
Naperville Councilman Paul Leong highlighted his respect for Indian Culture and ethnic diversity in Naperville.
IL State Medical Board Chairman Dr. Sreenivas Reddy spoke about the importance of promoting and sharing Indian Culture and tradition with our broader American Community.
The event also included a lamp lighting ceremony, classical music performance and Indian Food.
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