The Festival of Globe (FOG), Silicon Valley - https://www.fogsv.org - is under the umbrella of FIA (Federation of Indian Association of Northern California), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. FIA launched the first India Day Parade and ‘mela’ in 1993 in Fremont, CA to commemorate India’s Independence Day in August. It had an attendance of about 5,000 people. Today, the ‘mela’ and Parade attract thousands of people each year. Many Bollywood celebrities have led the Parade as Grand Marshals.
Besides the August fair, FIA organizes other fairs in the spring for Holi (the Indian Festival of Colors) and Diwali (the Indian Festival of Lights). We also run charitable activities such as the free Health Fairs during our August and Diwali ‘melas’ (free checkups and screenings are offered to the needy and uninsured) and our annual Holiday Toy Drive for juvenile delinquents and children of incarcerated people.
In 2014, our Founder and Convener, Dr. Romesh Japra – a respected cardiologist who has been practicing in the Bay Area for a few decades – expanded his vision of the Festival of India to the Festival of Globe (FOG), launching the first international FOG Film Fest and Awards show. We have hosted different events such as Summits on Technology, Healthcare, Media and the Future of Entertainment and a Wellness Conference and Expo (https://www.wellnesspost.org).
We also have a sister organization in India Post – the weekly newspaper bringing news from both India and the United States that has been in publication for the last 26 years.
We are looking to reach newer heights by partnering with organizations who would like to join us in our mission of celebrating diversity, arts, traditions and bringing people together for good causes.