MP Mitra Mandal Celebrates Vivid & Colorful Holi Picnic


Photos: Navin Mediwala

HOUSTON: Madhya Pradesh Mitra Mandal (MPMM) celebrated its 19th event as Holi Picnic on Saturday April 2, at Bear Creek Park, in Houston, Texas.  This event was attended by well over 200 people who enjoyed Holi, food and beautiful outdoor weather at the park.

The event started with yummy ‘Thandai’ (Traditional drink for Holi) followed by introduction of new families who attended this event for the first time. There were performances by kids and adults which captured one and all. After the performances and entertainment program, a group picture was taken by Navin Mediwala which was followed by delicious lunch that was prepared by several families of our group. Members then participated in ‘Tambola’ (MP version of Bingo) to win some fabulous prizes. Holi was played with great enthusiasm and fun using Gulal and dry colors. The event concluded with Indoree traditional Sev-Parmal snacks and Thandai.  The feeling of togetherness, the bonding between families & friends and the cordial atmosphere made this gathering fun & entertaining.


Colors & Gifts were sponsored by and by Jhanvi Thakar.

This event was organized by Gagan & Shilpa Pandey, Ashish & Pallavi Jain, Manish & Richa Sharma, Ashish & Mukul Kudaria, Aashish Mahodaya  & Devendra Sharma. Their Planning, hard work and execution made it best ever MPMM picnic by far.

For the past so many years, response to MPMM picnic has been so overwhelming that RSVP had to be closed 2 weeks before the event, to ensure that picnic is managed well by the volunteers.


MP Mitra Mandal is an informal community group made up of people who have come from Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh and settled in Houston area. This state reflect “unity in diversity” in true sense which is visible amongst the people who attend MPMM events in Houston.  This group was started in Houston in the year 2001 by Ashish Bhandari and Nikhil Jain and has grown to over 270 families belonging to various cities like Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Bilaspur, Raipur, Gwalior Bhilai etc., who are also registered on the group’s website .

MPMM events have been covered by various media groups in Houston as well as in leading news media in Madhya Pradesh in the past.