Local group brings Hindu culture to central Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - This week people across India are celebrating the festival of lights Diwali and the TriCity Dharmic Center is bringing that celebration to Grand Island.

“Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India,” TCDC President Rakesh Srivastava said. “It symbolizes the good over bad. In different religions they celebrate for the new year for the community.”

The group formed seven years ago with just a few members as a way for Indian Americans to meet and share their Hindu heritage and culture. Now hundreds of people attend their events.

The group strives to educate the community on the Hindu way of life and give people a home away from home.

“When I came in here I was surprised to see a good community from India and organizing the devotional Hindu activities. And it was a very special moment for us to join the group,” Suresh Manapuram said.

They partake in religious and cultural events all year round like Diwali. The festival is meant to be colorful and includes traditional food and dancing.

People come from all around Nebraska to share their beliefs and traditions with one another.

“When we move from our country, it's also good to have some kind of cultural heritage that they can also enjoy while living the good life of Nebraska,” Srivastava said.

The TriCity Dharmic Center says they have been very accepted by the Grand Island community and hope to continue to grow.