The 2005 Chinmaya Family Picnic was held on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at Hoblitzelle Park in Plano, TX. We had record-breaking turnout exceeding 600 attendees, good food and good fun! We were very fortunate to have beautiful almost spring-like weather. Besides activities such as bike riding, races, raffle, tug-of-war, dance-off and dandiya, this year we recreated a mini-scale Indian mela with games featuring many mythological characters. One of the main attractions of the day was our panditji, Moti Aggarwal who wowed the crowd with the accuracy of his palm-reading.
We had hot puris along with other delicious potluck items to munch on. When the Indian food was gone, we brought in pizza to cover the larger than expected crowd. The turnout kept volunteers on their feet the whole time. Many of our high-school students volunteered to keep the games going smoothly and ensure that the park perimeter was secure. The grand finale of the day was Ravana dahan featuring the burning of an impressive effigy of Ravana created by our in-house ‘artist-par-excellence’, Acharya Uddhavji, of course!
It was great to see our growing Chinmaya family in the metroplex have a great time together in the true spirit of a satsang. We hope to have an even larger crowd next year. We also hope that EVERYONE who plans to attend will register ahead of time so we can plan even better! Enjoy (photo gallery) reliving the memories of this fun event!