GOS is a forum for the people of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) descent, living in and around Georgia to come together as a community to share information, coordinate and organize cultural events, celebrate Odia festivals and help each other feel at home.

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Saraswati Puja, 2017
Date: February 4, 2017 (Saturday)
Venue: Midway Park
Address : 5100 Post Rd, Cumming, GA 30040
Organizer(s) : Sudhansu Padhi, Bhabani Das, Rashmi Ghosh
Event Sign up Link
Deadline for Registration : 31st Jan 2017
***Please RSVP as soon as possible to help Organizers in planning the first GOS event of 2017.
GOS Cancellation Policy Applies. Last Date to Cancel : 29th October 2016
More Details coming soon. Please stay tuned....

               Please contact GOS Working Committee if you want to be part of future Organizing Committee.

Here are some of the events that GOS celebrates almost every year.

"Saraswati Puja"
Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami, refers to two festivals: the religious festival of Saraswati Puja (Bengali , Oriya language), also called Shree Panchami and the seasonal spring festival of Vasant Panchami which in the Punjab region is known as the Basant Festival of Kites. The festival is observed as a Sikh and Hindu festival on the fifth day of Magha.[Ref: wikipedia]
"Holi"
Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.[Ref: wikipedia]
"Utkal Divas"
Utkal Divas is also referred as Odisha Day and is celebrated on 1st April. Odisha got statehood under British rule on 1 April 1936. [Ref: wikipedia]
"GOS Track & Field Event(New)"
The idea of a Track and Field Social (tentatively scheduled in June) is being floated for your deliberation. The rationale behind this event is to take advantage of the lovely Georgia weather during said time of the year to get the kids and adults out onto a public park and hold sporting events, socialize in sylvan surrounding, savor some delish finger food and connect at a different level.
"GOS Picnic"
GOS community meets outdoors, at least once a year to enjoy Odia food.
"Ganesh Puja"
Ganesha Chaturthi (Ganesha Puja) (Vinayaka Caviti) is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between August and September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).[Ref: wikipedia]
"Kumar Purnima"
The Sharad Purnima or Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September–October). It marks the end of monsoon. There is a traditional celebration of the moon and is also called the 'Kaumudi celebration', Kaumudi meaning moonlight. At night, goddess Lakshmi is worshiped and night vigil is observed. According to a folk-tale, once a king fell on evil days, and was in great financial straits, but then his queen observed this fast and night vigil, and worshiped the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. Consequently, they were blessed by the goddess and they regained their prosperity. [Ref: wikipedia]
"Diwali"
Diwali or Divali (also known as Deepavali and the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.[Ref: wikipedia]