The culture of India will be on full display at Illinois State University for the “Festival of India,” Saturday, Aug. 27, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the University’s quad. The free event is sponsored by Illinois State and the McLean County India Association (MCIA).

Festival highlights include Indian music, Rangoli, (a traditional folk art of India), Henna painting and an Indian Parade, among other cultural activities. Balloon and puppet making, a puppet show and an inflatable slide are among the activities available for children. Samples of Indian food will also be available at nominal price.

Suggested parking for the festival is at the Bone Student Center parking lot for a nominal fee.

The MCIA was established in 1979 to promote Indian culture and values among its members and local community. Since then, it is striving to bring awareness about India and its culture in the local community.

“MCIA is working towards increased participation in local community volunteerism and charitable activities,” said MCIA President Suresh Krishna. “We are also inspiring our youth members in channeling their energies towards leadership, volunteerism, sports, culture and educational activities.”