Khadi Chhuan in Australia

Our Community celebrated Saraswati Puja across Australia over the last weekend. Our communities in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth maintained the tradition. One of such tradition is “Khadi Chhuan”. On the day parents of kids about to go to school normally take the opportunity to initiate the little one to writing/studying in front of Maa Sarswati. This puja was no different, we saw Odia parents across Australia taking pride in initiating their little ones to the world of education through ‘Silata-Khadi’ and seeking the blessings of Maa Sarswati.

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Saraswati Puja is the first community event of the year for the Odia community of Australia which also coincides with renewal of our membership for the new year.

A traditional Odia Puja bhoji with homemade Odia dishes added much to the ongoing social and cultural life of us Odias down under.

Last weekend was also a super weekend for our ACT community, during the weekend they also participated in ACT multicultural festival which included Chariot Festival, Odissi Dance and other Odia cultural items.

Odia Community of Australia joins the global aid campaign to support the people of Nepal

The Odia Community of Australia joins the global aid campaign to support the people of Nepal

Orioz, the Odia Community of Australia raised over AUS $2000 to add to the global aid aimed to bring immediate and long term relief to people of Nepal who suffered severe losses due to the recent earthquake on 25 April 2015.  According to USAID reports (NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – FACT SHEET #16, May 22, 2015) approximately 500,041 houses were destroyed and another 269,156 were damaged during the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Many people are still sleeping outdoors due to unstable structures and fear and with monsoon season approaching, shelter is an even more critical need.
Orioz ran a “Nepal Fund Raising” appeal to provide humanitarian support to people affected by the recent earthquake that hit Nepal. The entire fund raised will go to “Habitat for Humanity Australia”, an international not-for-profit organization whose vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity is actively working on rebuilding the homes and lives of families affected and will be supporting 20,000 families in a variety of ways – distribute temporary shelter kits and assist with transitional & permanent shelter solutions.
Orioz is humbled by the response of its members who donated generously and now has successfully closed the appeal by raising a good amount. This was a huge disaster and our thoughts are with all of those affected.