Fair Lawn, N.J. community members celebrate Holi

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey celebrated Holi March 20, 2022, where more than 3,100 people gathered to celebrate. Photo: ITV Gold

The Indian community in Fair Lawn, N.J., along with the town’s administration, held a joyful Holi celebration. More than 3,100 people attended the event, according to a press release from organizers.

Thousands of members of the Fair Lawn, New Jersey community celebrated Holi March 20, 2022. Photo: ITV Gold

The Holi Festival – Spring Color Blast was co-hosted by the Fair Lawn Indian Community, Community Relations Advisory Committee (CRC), and Fair Lawn Arts Council at Memorial Park in Fair Lawn, New Jersey on Sunday, March 20th, 2022 from 2pm to 5pm.

Color throwing and other activities took place at the March 20, 2022 Holi celebrations in Fair lawn, N.J. as thousands of community members enjoyed the celebrations. Photo: ITV Gold

“This event showed the true essence of community as it’s a centuries old Festival of Spring, Love & Colors,” organizers said. They credited the whole Fair Lawn community for the successful event during which multiple activities were planned for all age groups along-with the obvious Holi play with dry colors.

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Some of the highlights at the Holi festivities included:

Holi traditions from different parts of India including various foods were on display.

Kids from the Fair Lawn community made Holi themed Arts & Crafts which were displayed in a ‘Holi Gallery’ in which some 60 children aged 5 years and above participated.

A community youth team created an empowering Holi activity for all explaining the significance of the festival using growth mindset activities and a creative art bonfire display, the press release said.

There was a Holi-themed dance performance by 125 members of the community (from the ages  of 5 to 65) that symbolized the message of ‘Festivity, Love and Unity’.

Dhol playing, dancing, and color throwing were among the joyful activities during the March 20, 2022 Holi celebrations in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Photo: courtesy Fair Lawn Indian Community.

A ‘Paint Blowing Art’ activity arranged for kids by Fair Lawn Arts Council and Chalk Rangoli drawing was a hit.

The Community Relations Advisory Committee  (CRC) sponsored a puzzle activity that will grow as the year continues, organizers said.

All these activities were accompanied by a live DJ with traditional style Dholi drum beats for everyone.

“Living in the USA, Indians having a chance to celebrate our traditional festival town wide is a big deal,” Isha Shah, the main organizer, is quoted saying in the press release.

“We are really thankful to Mayor Kurt Peluso, Deputy Mayor Cristina Cutrone, CRC committee, Fair Lawn’s Arts Council and Fair Lawn Indian community and all wonderful sponsors for coming together and making this happen for us,” Isha Shah added.

 

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