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Vijayadashami was celebrated in its true spirit in Seattle on Oct 28th, 2007. 135 swayamsevaks from four shakhas in the Seattle area, namely Bellevue shakha, Sammamish shakha, Maple Valley shakha, and Yuva shakha did ‘seemollanghan’ (crossing the borders) on the day. Wonderful, enthusiastic pradarshans (performances) and festive saha-bhojan (collective meal) were the salient features of the celebration. 

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Vijayadashami, being one of the most auspicious days for Hindus, is celebrated with great fervor all across India, and many parts of the world. It comes as the finale of the nine-day festival, Navaraatri. It assumes historical significance in the wake of the fact that Lord Rama defeated the demon king, Ravan on this day.  Vijayadashami is a festival of victory because it is resplendent with many inspiring episodes reflecting the victorious culmination of deeds of valor, signifying the victory of forces of righteousness over those of wickedness.

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Sacramento November 10 2007, Hindu organizations around greater Sacramento celebrated Diwali in a unique and meaningful way along with Loaves and Fishes (local organization which provides food and shelter to homeless) at Sacramento . For first time Hindu community of Sacramento got together to celebrate Diwali along with local community.

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The sun. We, as living breathing creatures, owe a lot to the sun. It is our greatest source of energy; the reason life can flourish on our planet. And so, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh decided to pay tribute to that forgotten hero who always delights in giving light to others, while staying out of the spotlight himself. The surya namaskar is considered by many to be the ultimate form of prayer to the sun. What better way to pay tribute to the sun?

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On Saturday, April 12, over thirty teachers and a principal from seven school districts in the Houston area attended Guru Vandana (Teacher Appreciation), at Keshav Smriti. Organized by the Hindu Education Foundation (HEF), a project of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, the utsav allowed hardworking teachers to be honored and appreciated for their endless work by their own students. In the spirit of respect for their Gurus (Teachers), children from Houston area Balagokulams invited their teachers to the event and presented them with a token of appreciation.

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The great Indian epic Ramayan was presented by 60 kids from Bloomington - Normal, Illinois, USA with all fanfare and festivity on June 8 ,2008 at the prestigious Bloomington Center of Performing Arts (BCPA). This event was attended by more than 600 spectators who appreciated the talent and enthusiasm of kids enacting the scenes from this timeless epic. The occasion was the grand finale of "Kaun Banega Ramayan Expert" (KBRE) contest. This contest was organized simultaneously across towns in USA by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) . 

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