Post Christmas Round Up

We’ve been quiet for little while, busy with our most recent events. This time of year gets hectic for all of us. Here is a quick round up of what we’ve been up to since our last update.

Bhajan Bhojan

Sunday 7th October 2018

Our Annual Bhajan Bhojan programme was held on the 7th October and we had the Shree Sanatan Bhajan Mandel from Wembley performing at our event. We’d like to thank all the main donors for their contributions towards the Hall Hire, Food and Mandel. This year we’d chosen the Luton and Dunstable Hospital as the charity we’d like to contribute towards.

Once again this event was well supported from our community in the surrounding Herts, Beds and Bucks along with the main donors and their families. We had help from the local ladies with the cooking and would like to give them a big thank you. To Kusumben, another thank you for donating the flowers arrangements and haars for the Stapnaa.

20th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Saturday 17th November 2018

Firstly, I would like to thank all Committee Members and Volunteers in making our Annual Dinner Dance a very big success. No matter how much input the members and volunteers make, it makes all the difference in making our events successful.

We held our Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 17th November and this year was our 20th Anniversary since the branch was reformed. This time we wanted to do something a little different from what we normally do. We had a Photo Booth, a Table Magician and DJ (Up-Front Sounds from Leicester). Our outstanding prized Tombola stand was also there too.

This event was free to all Prajapati’s in the Herts, Beds and Bucks area and we had a massive turn out.

Our vegetarian catering came from Leicester and was collected by our committee members Pravinbhai and Thakorbhai. A big thank you to them for making the journey and to Anilbhai for making the return trip. The non-veg was Boneless Chicken and it was cooked by Ashockbhai and team at home, everyone enjoyed it. It was a big hit!

A big Thank You to Window Parts Limited who donated the 5 main raffle prizes, as they’ve been donating for the past several years. As this was a big celebration we decided to order a celebratory Cake for everyone to share. This went down extremely well and only one slice was left at the end, and even that was quickly polish off.

The whole evening was amazing, the guests had an awesome time and there was great entertainment throughout the night.

Lastly I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone that helped with the success of our event.

Thank you,
Anilbhai.

Gents Night

Saturday 1st December 2018

Gents night this year was at Purple Flame in Stanmore, London. We had over 30 people in attendance. We were situated over 2 sections which made it a little difficult to speak to everyone throughout the night, but in general everyone loved it! There weren’t too many new faces this time, but this event is almost an instant sellout each time we book, with people asking long in advance if they can attend.

Smiley Sam

Saturday 8th December 2018

Each year some of our committee along with members from the community volunteer one evening in December to help raise funds for our local Keech Cottage Hospice. This year we covered the Strathmore Avenue area in Luton, which had a lot of hills. We managed to get around within a few hours even with a smaller team and with all the climbing we all managed to stay nice and warm! If you’d like to take part, the more the merrier and all the effort goes towards a great local cause. Here is a first hand account from Bhavikaben from our youth team:

‘It was my first time being able to join in the Smiley Sam Collection, and it was a great experience. Even though the evening was cold, it was great seeing the reaction from the public as many had been waiting all year for the float to come around, especially the children who had waiting to have their photo taken with Santa. I would thoroughly recommend everybody take part at least once as it is an unique event to experience.’

Ladies Night

Saturday 15th December 2018

The venue of choice this time was K’s Bar and Restaurant in the Dunstable. It was a new venue for us, and we had some great food with good service. Everyone that attended enjoyed themselves, and it was good see some of the younger generation coming along to support us.

Christmas Drinks

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Each year we have a small get together at our local pub just before Christmas. There was a fair turnout this time with some of the ladies coming along as well. The pub was quite busy with several other celebrations going on at the same time, but it all added to the atmosphere. If you want to come along next year we usually congregate on the last Saturday before Christmas, but check with other committee members incase there has been a change of timing.

Keep an eye out on the website for photos from all these events.

Spring Update

Weston Super Mare Beach Trip

Sunday 31st July 2016

Our latest beach trip was a great success. We had a full coach of people, with a waiting list. We were sold out very quickly due to popular demand.  It was an excellent day and the weather was mostly great. Unfortunately, it did get quite windy and the tide stayed out for quite a while, but apart from that it was a great day.

Youth Team


Bhajan Bhojan

Saturday 24th September 2016

The Annual Sharad Bhajan Bhojan was held on Saturday 24th September 2016 at the Shree Sanatan Seva Samaj. We had Shree Krishna Jalaram Mandel from Northolt provide us with good music and bhajan followed by Bhojan cooked by Mahilas in Luton. Some of the donations we collected that evening were donated to our local hospital – The Luton and Dunstable Hospital, the Cardiac Department.

Thank you to all that attended the event, without you these events would not be successful.

Mahila Team


Dinner and Dance

Saturday 25th November 2016

This year we were successful to organise a dinner dance event at Stopsley working men’s club on Saturday 26 th November 2016. It was an excellent venue and we had a live music group – Rangeen Kala from Leicester. The event was well organised with dedicated volunteers of committee members as well as their family members and ran smoothly on time. All the food vegetarian and nonvegetarian was home cooked. We are very grateful to all who helped with the provision of cooking facilities and their skills. Our special thanks go to Minaben Lad for the donation of home made samosas and also taking a lead to cook vegetarian food with help from our volunteer ladies.

This was a free event and all those who attended thoroughly enjoyed it. The idea of a free event is to bring together Prajapati community together and share our common culture. It is to extend friendship and make new friends amongst us. It is also to know what you would like to do together as a community. The question of “free event” should not arise. It is financed from the donations you gave us and you should be happy to come. On this occasion, we are very grateful to the members who donated or bought raffle tickets at this event that covered all the cost. This shows you are generous Prajapatis. This encourages the Samaj management team to repeat the free event with a different theme. If you missed it last year please try to support and come this year.

Dinner Dance Sub Committee


Gents Night

Saturday 10th December 2016

We had our gents night at Club Marina in Kingsbury. We had a good turn out seeing some new faces, and some old ones. It was generally a great night and everyone enjoyed themselves. If you’d like to attend next year, please keep an ear out around Christmas.


Childrens Party – Panto – Aladdin

Saturday 17th December 2016

Our members went to a Pantomime on the 17th December 2016. The magic beans returned this year to the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. CBBC star Ed Petrie played Wishee Washee, Brian Capron played Abanazar and Kerin & Sarah (from Britains got Talent) joined the cast. 15 parents and children attended the show.Among them were parents,grandparents and aunties.It created a special bond of all present, with everyone screaming their heads off to the jokes and songs. If you would like to attend any of our similar events in the future then please contact any of our committee members.

Yogeshbhai

Hindu Festivals & Events for 2017

FESTIVAL/EVENT DAY DATE
VASANT PANCHMI WEDNESDAY 1 February
VISHWAKARMA JAYANTI WEDNESDAY 8 February
BHAJAN BHOJAN SATURDAY 18 February
MAHASHIVRATRI FRIDAY 24 February
HOLI SUNDAY 12 March
DHULETI MONDAY 13 March
CHAITRI NAVRATRI START TUESDAY 28 March
CHAITRI NAVRATRI END WEDNESDAY 5 April
RAMNAVMI WEDNESDAY 5 April
HANUMAN JAYANTI TUESDAY 11 April
108 HANUMAN CHALISA SATURDAY 22 April
AKSHAY TRUTIA (AKHA TRIJ) FRIDAY/SATURDAY 28/29/Apil
NIRJALA EKADASHI MONDAY 5 June
VATSAVITRI VRAT START TUESDAY 6 June
ASHADI BEEJ SUNDAY 25 June
DEVSHAINI EKADASHI TUESDAY 4 July
JAYA PARVATI VRAT START THURSDAY 6 July
GURU PURNIMA SUNDAY 9 July
JAYA PARVATI VRAT JAGRAN MONDAY 10 July
GURU PURNIMA PROGRAMME SATURDAY/SUNDAY 15-16 July
SHRAVAN START MONDAY 24 July
NAG PANCHAM (SURTI) THURSDAY 27 July
RANDHAN CHHATH (SURTI) FRIDAY 28 July
SHITLA SATAM (SURTI) SATURDAY 29 July
NODI NOM TUESDAY 1 August
RAKSHA BANDHAN MONDAY 7 August
BOD CHOTH FRIDAY 11 August
NAG PANCHAM SATURDAY 12 August
RANDHAN CHHATH SUNDAY 13 August
SHITLA SATAM MONDAY 14 August
JANMASHTAMI TUESDAY 15 August
PARYUSHAN START FRIDAY 18 August
SHRAVAN ENDS MONDAY 21 August
GANESH CHOTH FRIDAY 25 August
SHRADH STARTS THURSDAY 7 September
NAVRATRI STARTS THURSDAY 21 September
DURGASHTMI THURSDAY 28 September
DUSHERA SATURDAY 30 September
SHARAD PURNIMA THURSDAY 5 October
KARVA CHOTH SUNDAY 8 October
WAGH BARAS MONDAY 16 October
DHAN TERAS TUESDAY 17 October
KALI CHAUDAS WEDNESDAY 18 October
DIWALI THURSDAY 19 October
HINDU NEW YEAR FRIDAY 20 October
BHAI BEEJ SATURDAY 21 October
LABH PANCHAM TUESDAY 24 October
JALARAM JAYANTI FRIDAY 27 October
DEV UTHI EKADASHI TUESDAY 31 October
DEV DIWALI SATURDAY 4 November
GITA JAYANTI THURSDAY 30 November