The Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey organized their Grand Navratri Garba celebration in South Brunswick on September 23, 29 and 30, this year at South Brunswick High School in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.
Although the community response was outstanding, organizers did their very best to control chaos and process everyone as quickly as possible, so they could all enjoy the more than five hours of Garba, Raas, Sanedo and Bhangra.
The IACFNJ Garba has been one of the biggest, non-commercial, family oriented, safest and well organized Garba event in the state, over the last few years and once again, this year the famous group of Mahesh Mehta and his talented artists from the Bollywood film industry as well as some popular local artists of Entertainment Unlimited rocked the stage.
In between, the Aarti to the Goddess Amba Maa was performed and Prasad was given to all of the attendees.
The center stage was decorated with Goddess Amba Maa’s statue in a temple setting making the atmosphere divine and reminding those of traditional Navratri celebration back home in India.
There were also food, clothing, and jewelry and artifact vendors allowing for attendees including local business entrepreneurs, community leaders, local and state public officials and community members themselves, to take a break from all the dancing.
The Navratri celebration marks the festival of nine nights during which Hindus worship Goddess of Shakti Durga, believing that she will destroy all evil and the 10th known as Dusshera or Vijaydashami, commemorates the victory of good over evil.
IACFNJ will hold their Diwali Party on Nov. 3, this year at Ember Restaurant in South Brunswick.