2023sat21octAll DayUKHCA Durga Puja Maha Sasthi and Maha SaptamiDetails to be confirmed(All Day: saturday) Alexandra Suite, Swanley Town Hall, St Mary’s Road, Swanley BR8 7BU
2023sun22octAll DayUKHCA Durga Puja Maha AshtamiDetails to be confirmed(All Day: sunday) Alexandra Suite, Swanley Town Hall, St Mary’s Road, Swanley BR8 7BU
2023mon23octAll DayUKHCA Durga Puja Maha NabamiDetails to be confirmed(All Day: monday) Alexandra Suite, Swanley Town Hall, St Mary’s Road, Swanley BR8 7BU
UKHCA AGM Sunday 23rd April 2023
The UKHCA held its 30th Annual General Meeting on Sunday 23rd April 2023. Members, old and new, joined in to celebrate our achievements over 2022 – 2023 together.
The event began with the usual cacophony and coming together of our members, rejoicing and reminiscing the good times we all have had together over last year. Dressed up in beautiful sarees and other traditional Indian wear, our members captured the beautiful moments together with a photo-op!
This was followed by a scrumptious Indian lunch, sponsored kindly by UKHCA and provided by Partypals (Malobika Roy)
The meeting formally began with a welcome speech by our President, Mrs Krishna Baruah.
Krishna di thanked the outgoing President Dr Tapon Halder and welcomed new Executive Committee members (Pieu Chaudhuri, Sumona Chatterjee, Rakhee Dutta Gupta) and all new members to the UKHCA family. Krishna di also thanked everyone for their contribution over the year.
Debanjan Mukherjee, our General Secretary, presented on Objectives that the UKHCA had set out over the last year, namely Build an environment of camaraderie, Instil transparency, objectivity, governance and accountability, Streamline the present. and Set up for the future
Debanjan spoke about achievements against these objectives. Successful Puja festivities; decentralised, democratic decision making; Community participation; streamlining of processes were key highlights of the discussion. Debanjan also announced that we now have 25 Executive committee members, with the recent joining of 3 new EC members, as well as 12 new members who have recently joined the UKHCA family.
Priorities were set out for 2023, with further streamlining activities planned around Puja schedule, food provision, memberships and accountability. Debanjan thanked members of the community who had supported various initiatives and offered their help as volunteers in various aspects of the UKHCA operations.
Tanuj Banerjee and Jharna Sil Verma presented the annual accounts highlighting the success of the Durga Puja collection from Brochure and Gate collection activities. Tanuj thanked Rama Satoskar and Tim Das for their leadership and effort in these areas. Streamlining gift aid was a key highlight and helped with the tremendous effort put in by Tim Das on the website improvements. Tanuj encouraged existing members to spread the word and invite other members of the community to join the UKHCA family. Tanuj made a key point to note about rising costs and income depreciation – something to be coherent of whilst organising festivities.
Dr Sanjay Basu and Dr Ashis Sau presented proposed dates for Durga Puja and other festivals through 2023 and early 2024. Plans were discussed briefly about Christmas party and Holi party after their resounding success over the last year.
Jharna Sil Verma presented proposed Working group lead names for 2023/24 across Brochure, Catering & Food distribution, Cultural, Decoration, Digital communication, Front desk, Fruit cutting, Transportation, Puja and Stall Teams. Jharna encouraged more volunteers to come forward and support the working groups.
The meeting concluded with a discussion on other matters, including EC memberships, Bijoya Sammilani, social activities, etc.
The afternoon was made even more engaging with Jharna organising a mind-boggling Quiz (that kept us scratching our heads for answers) and everyone was excited and well entertained in the Tambola – the last highlight of the day!
We all had a good time at this year’s AGM, not only was this to discuss our ethos, ideas and objectives, it was also an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and look forward to getting together soon again!
UKHCA Holi Party Saturday 4th March 2023
Holi, the festival of colour was celebrated by the UKHCA on 4th March at the Amar Hall, Dartford with lots of avidity. The well-organized event was a true symbolic representation of welcoming the spring by spreading love, peace, and happiness in a most colourful way. All the participants buried their hatchets with a warm embrace and threw their worries to the wind to make the event memorable. The hall was beautifully decorated with the “HOLI” theme. Every nook and corner presented a colourful sight.
The delectable “Thandai” gave a warm welcome to the guests and inaugurated the event of unadulterated fun and enjoyment. The “Holi” songs built up the ambience and brought everyone on the dance floor. As people started to unfold themselves by mingling up with each other the resplendent veg and non-veg starters along with the main course Indian delicacies allured everyone. The Chicken 65, Chili paneer, Tandoori chicken, Gobi 65 and Veg Manchurian ignited the mood of celebration while the mouth-watering biryani captivated the audience.
The Gulab Jamun competition revived the memory of traditional Bengali food events. But admittedly the “Musical Chair” created real excitement. There were three rounds of it, dedicated for the children, women, and men separately and there was no divergence of elation among the groups.
The event reached the climax, when everyone indulged in the spirit of celebration of colour with social merriment. People put colour on each other by maintaining their dignities in a most organized way.
The graceful celebration remained a wonderful attempt from the UKHCA to give an opportunity to its participants to declutter their minds and to rejuvenate themselves by sprinkling the colour of happiness in their lives.
UKHCA sincerely conveys its gratitude to all its volunteers, patrons and participants for their wholehearted support and cooperation to make this event successful.
UKHCA Saraswati Puja Sunday 29 January 2023
বিদ্যারূপে বিশালাক্ষ্মী বিদ্যাং দেবী নমোস্তুতে II
The UK Hindu Cultural Association (UKHCA) celebrated the Saraswati Puja on 29th January 2023 in the Olympic Hall, Swanley with fervour and in the most propitious manner to mark the arrival of spring by worshipping the goddess of knowledge, language, music, and all arts. The graceful celebration was an attempt to preserve Indian culture, to impart a sense of respect towards long established traditions while allowing everyone across the community to offer their worship to the goddess.
The event successfully recreated the charm of Saraswati Puja celebration of Bengal by following the yellow dress code, allowing the children to participate actively by offering their books to the deity, and by decorating the venue with beautiful yellow marigolds. The puja started early in the morning and all the rituals were performed by the priest with solemnity and devotion. The “Devi Vandana” and “Aarti” were spectacular.
The major attraction of the event remained the “Hate Khori”, where many toddlers sought the blessing of the goddess and started their academic journey by writing their first letter in front of the deity.
The delicious bhog made the devotees delighted. The authentic and conventional Bengali food stalls added a special flavour to the event, particularly the traditional Bengali sweet stall allured the visitors. At the end a beautiful rendition from the children transcended the ambience. All the performances were hugely acclaimed by the audience. The Saraswati Vandana and the recital of Tagore’s poem” “Where the mind is without fear” left the spectators speechless. The coalescence of gaiety and piety left an indelible impression in the mind of the attendees of the event.
UKHCA sincerely conveys its gratitude to all the volunteers, patrons and participants for their unconditional support and cooperation to make this event successful.
UKHCA Christmas Party Sunday 11th December 2022
The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of God’s ultimate gift: the birth of Jesus! The spirit of Christmas brings a joyous time of celebration and showing our love for each other and to rejoice together!
Father Christmas came early to UKHCA on 11th December 2022. We held our annual Christmas celebration event this year at Basecamp, a quirky restaurant serving authentic Indian and South Asian cuisine.
Donned in Christmas jumpers and Santa hats, we jazzed, sparkled and shimmered, we celebrated the ushering of the festive season in style!! With a sumptuous 3 course menu accompanied by drinks, it was a party to remember! The event started early afternoon, with families from our community arriving in style, excited and looking forward to a wonderful afternoon with all other extended UKHCA family members.
This was a perfect way to let our hair down and relax, a time to say thank our volunteers and community members! Some short speeches were made in appreciation for our outgoing President Dr Tapon Halder and a warm welcome was extended to our new President Mrs Krishna Baruah. We received presents from children of Jharna Sil Verma in celebration of Christmas and started the afternoon with welcome drinks! We were all in a wild party spirit, dancing to Christmas tunes and singing along merrily together! Mingling dancing and chatting with photoshoots, we moved into an Indian themed meal, enjoyed by young and old alike. Our youngest party-goer was all of 2, and was seen to be really enjoying himself, cradled in his family’s arms!
All in all, time well spent with friends and family, an unforgettable experience indeed! We are already looking forward to next year’s celebrations!!
Please stay tuned to our social media platforms and website for all the news on our upcoming events. https://ukhca.community/
UKHCA Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations Sunday 23rd October 2022
UK Hindu Cultural Association (UKHCA) celebrated Kali puja and Diwali on Sunday 23rd October 2022 at the Swanley Town Hall with ardour and piousness. The celebration brought the entire community together to spread and enjoy the true spirit of the festival by sharing love, respect, and togetherness.
The puja rituals were performed with austerity and complete devotion by offering everyone an equal opportunity to worship Goddess Kali. The magnificent decoration made of diyas, rangoli and flowers helped the event to retain its spiritual essence throughout the evening. It also witnessed the spectacular fireworks conducted by the children under their parental supervision to symbolize the “victory of light over darkness”. The puja prasad was distributed in a most organized manner among the devotees. The delicious dinner served at the end gave it a perfect finish.
The active participation, enthusiasm and the team spirit of the volunteers made the event impeccable.
On behalf of UKHCA, we would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all the patrons, volunteers, and the participants to make this event a great success and will look forward to having your continuous support and cooperation in our upcoming events as well.
UKHCA proudly celebrated its 10th Sharodiya Durga Puja at Swanley Town Hall between 1st and 5th October 2022.
You can see some glimpses of our puja here: https://ukhca.community/2022-durga-puja/
We are hoping to see you again at our Kali Puja celebrations on Sunday 23rd October 2022 between 5PM and 8PM at Swanley Town Hall.
2022 Annual Brochure
United Kingdom Hindu Cultural Association
(Registered UK Charity No: 1069932)
121 Spur Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 0QP