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How to celebrate Holi in New York?

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New York: Holi- the Indian festival of colors- is arriving (March 23). New York and New Jersey are home a large concentration of Asian Indians: the estimates suggest that there are close to 700 thousand (7 Lakh) Indians in these 2 states. And then of course there are close to 250 thousand (2.5 Lakh) Indo-Caribbeans in New York. They are from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, tracing their ancestry to East India. Thus, there is over a 1 million (10 Lakh) strong Indian diaspora in New York and New Jersey. If you include the population of Indians in neighboring Connecticut, the number swells up further.

Naturally, Indians are gearing up for the festival this year as well. The festival is a significant one to the Hindus across the world, hence, it is celebrated in high spirit among Hindu Americans also.

For thousands of years now, Hindus in India and all over the world have celebrated Holi as the victory of good over evil, and as the renewal of the agricultural seasons.

Local celebrations vary, and abundant use of color can be seen among people.

To make their Holi more colorful, here are the two events, which attract huge crowds every year, and which an Indian in New York must not miss. This is not to say that there are no other celebrations planned. Typically, Indians celebrate festivals through their temples and congregations.

28th Annual Phagwah Parade in Richmond Hill, New York

Celebrating Holi 2016 on March 26, 2016.

A joint Parade under the sponsorship of the founders- Arya Spiritual Center, the Hindu Parades and Festivals Committee, and The Federation of Hindu Mandirs.

The Phagwah Parade in Richmond Hill, Queens, is the biggest celebration in North America. If it’s a warm day, a turnout of as many as 25,000 may be witnessed.

Phagwah, or Holi, is the Indo-Caribbean Hindu celebration of the New Year.

Indicating the arrival of spring, Phagwah literally paints the streets as kids and families “color” one another with dye (abrac) and powder, chasing away the winter grays. The Carnival is celebrated with high-spirit.

For more information about the event, click here.

History of Phagwah:

In Guyana and Surinam, Phagwah became an important national holiday, and everyone had the day off from work.

Since the 1970s, many Guyanese have immigrated to the United States, especially to areas of Richmond Hill and Jamaica in Queens. As a result, they brought the Phagwah tradition to their new homes.

New York’s Holi event ‘Rang Barse’ is back with a colorful splash!

In keeping with the tradition, Rang Barse will once again be held for the ninth year in a row. The event takes place on a ship that will set sail from Pier 40 this year.

It is one of the most colorful and fun-filled Holi party set to happen on March 26 in Hornblower Pier 40, New York.

Every year, people filled with enthusiasm are seen painted in reds, yellows, greens, and pinks, and enjoying the Indian Festival of colors in style with food, drinks, and the amazing beats of DJs.

Dance performances are also conducted.

This is a unique cultural experience which is hard to miss.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Factors to Consider When Hiring a Defense Attorney in New York City

If you can’t afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint a public defender for you

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Hiring, Defense Attorney, New York
If you have a good income and you’re capable of hiring your own attorney, then you’re bound to be fine. Pixabay

It is important for you to know that your income plays a major role when you seek legal representation. If you have a good income and you’re capable of hiring your own attorney, then you’re bound to be fine. However, if you can’t afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint a public defender for you. The constitution guarantees you the right to be represented by a defense lawyer.

Before you hire a lawyer to represent you, you need to discuss with that attorney about their billing structure, as the cost is one of the major factors to consider. When you explain your case to the lawyer, he/she can determine the amount of money that the case will cost you. The following are other factors you need to consider when hiring a New York City criminal lawyer.

The skill of the lawyer  

If the attorney you’re about to hire has much experience in cases such as yours, the attorney will charge you more for their legal services. In most cases, you’re advised to look for the most qualified attorney to present you in a case because you will increase your chances of winning the case.

Hiring, Defense Attorney, New York
It’s important for you to know that your income plays a major role when you seek legal representation. Pixabay
  • The Seriousness of the Case

    If you have committed a serious offense, you need to hire a competent attorney to represent you. Serious cases such as rape, murder, and drug trafficking are taken very seriously in court, and if you’re found guilty, the penalties are very harsh. You can get a life sentence or face the hangman’s noose very easily. A New York City criminal lawyer who is capable of making you get away with murder will demand a higher cost than compared to petty crimes such as trespassing.

    The complexity of legal issues in the case  

    When you have a case with complex issues that may require expert witnesses or private investigators, it will attract a higher cost to build a strong defense. For example, you want to raise the defense of legal sanity; you can hire a psychologist to prove that fact. Such experts require an average retainer of up to $300/hr, depending on the circumstances of your case.

    Whether the attorney charges by the hour or a flat fee  

    Attorney charges are different. There is a defense lawyer who normally charges a flat rate, and you may find another who prefers to charge by the hour. You should consider your case, and if you find that your case will go to trial or take a long period of time before a verdict is determined, you should seek the services of an attorney who charges a flat rate. However, if you find that your case will not take a long time before it’s determined, you should go for the attorney who charges by the hour.

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    Conclusion

    You should always hire the most qualified defense attorney to take you through the court proceedings. The attorney has the experience and influence in a court of law because he/she understands the technicalities of the case before the court.