Context: PRAVASI BHARTIYA DIVAS was celebrated by the Indian embassies located in different parts of the world. 

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What is this day all about?

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated every year on 9th January  to mark the contribution and commitment of Overseas Indian community (OIC) in the development of India.

This day, i.e., January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, showed his leadership in India’s struggle for freedom and changed the meaning of the lives of Indians forever.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is celebrated once in every two years in order to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots.

Established in 2000, it is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industries and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.

As part of the Convention, selected overseas Indians are also honored with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to recognize their contributions to various fields both in India and abroad.

The 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2018 was held during 6–7 January 2018 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 was held during 21–23 January 2019 at Varanasi, India. Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth was the chief guest. 

The 18th  Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2020 is planned to be held in Centro Cultural da Índia, São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil.

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