NEW YORK (TIP): The Indian Christian Community of all faiths and faiths in New York, New Jersey, “The Connecticut area is ready to celebrate the two thousand year legacy of Christianity in India and the martyrdom of Saint Thomas, the one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ in Chennai AD 72. Indian Christians from all Indian states will gather at the Syro Malankara Catholic Church at 1500 Depaul Street in Elmont, New York on Sunday, July 3.rd 17 hours. They will be joined by spiritual and religious leaders across the United States. The event initiated by the Federation of Indian Christians of North America (FIACONA) is “a collaborative effort of the Church of South India, the Syrian Orthodox Indian Church, the Tamil Lutheran Church, of the Episcopal Church, Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Syro Malankara Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Punjabi Church, Marthoma Church, Jacobite Syrian Church, Gujarati Christians and Saint Thomas Evangelical Church of South India who are proud of the contributions and participation of Indian Christians in the history, development and growth of India for almost two thousand years” says Koshy George, President of FIACONA.
The evening begins with a procession accompanied by chenda (drum) mela and thalappoli. Religious leaders and other spiritual leaders will then say insightful congratulations. Colorful cultural programs will be presented by talents from the Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu communities. The events will end with a dinner. Free entry and open to all. Organizers said it would be helpful for food and water arrangements if people could RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/362745139477.