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Members of the BollyArts dance school in Hicksville (Credit: Dani Kass)

Members of the BollyArts dance school in Hicksville perform at the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (July 8, 2012)

Long Island's South Asian American Independence Day Celebration

For the first time, Long Island's South Asian community came together on July, 8, 2012, in East Meadow to host a festival honoring national holidays in the United States, Pakistan and India that celebrate independence.

Members of the BollyArts dance school in Hicksville
(Credit: Dani Kass)

Members of the BollyArts dance school in Hicksville perform at the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (July 8, 2012)

Shayna Trachten, 10, a member of the BollyArts
(Credit: Dani Kass)

Shayna Trachten, 10, a member of the BollyArts dance school in Hicksville, performs during the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park. (July 8, 2012)

Akshay Kapur, 9, left, and Shayna Trachten, 10,
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Akshay Kapur, 9, left, and Shayna Trachten, 10, both members of the BollyArts dance school in Hicksville, perform during the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park. (July 8, 2012)

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Revelers wearing traditional saris gather at the Harry
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Revelers wearing traditional saris gather at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park to watch the performances during the South Asian American Independence Day celebration. (July 8, 2012)

Vendor Ayesha Shiraz, left, displays apparel for potential
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Vendor Ayesha Shiraz, left, displays apparel for potential shoppers during the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park. (July 8, 2012)

Children perform traditional dances during the South Asian
(Credit: Dani Kass)

Children perform traditional dances during the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park. (July 8, 2012)

A young performer performs a Punjabi and Bollywood
(Credit: Dani Kass)

A young performer performs a Punjabi and Bollywood dance during the South Asian American Independence Day celebration at Eisenhower Park. (July 8, 2012)

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