Surati for Performing Arts proves Jersey City is hidden gem for Indian culture

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A Holi on the Hudson 2019 event organized by Surati. Photo: Paul Martin courtesy Surati

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, Surati for Performing Arts will host their 2nd Annual Fall Colors Walk and Navratri Celebration from 10am – 2pm.

This kid-friendly and pandemic-aware event will actively and safely bring together dozens of people from diverse communities to celebrate Jersey City as “the country’s most vibrant Indian neighborhood” (Brad Japhe, CNN Travel), a press release from the organization said.

Participants will meet at City Hall and receive a one hour, all-levels Vinyasa yoga class from Chilltown Yoga. Then they’ll walk along the Hudson River with dhol drummers and throwing dry color, the kind used during Holi celebrations.

The walk ends at Raaz and Cosi restaurants where guests will have the opportunity to learn Dandia dances and watch mini performances.

Fall Colors Walk and Navratri Celebration

October 24th, 2020 / 10am – 2pm

City Hall, Jersey City, NJ

Tickets: $10 – $135 / Link: https://bit.ly/nj-colorwalk

T-shirt, Color Packets, Masks and Sanitizers provided with ticket purchase.

A safe, socially distanced event. The Fall Colors Walk will be one of our last chances for a safe outdoor event before winter brings us indoors, organizers said. This is a socially distanced walk where masks are mandatory and sanitizer is provided. Contactless temperature checks will occur with all in attendees.

The event also imparts timely message, as Surati’s Holi slogan indicates: “When everyone is colorful, no one is different.”

The Fall Colors Walk is a Holi Hai celebration.

Holi is an ancient Indian tradition, with the first mentions of it dating back to a 4th century poem. Though Holi has its roots in Indian mythology, Surati celebrates it as a strictly secular event, encouraging participation from all cultures and ethnicities, organizers clarify.

“Holi is also a great equalizer in India, with rules of caste and creed briefly forgotten,” they say.

Originally a way to present empowering stories of good over evil, Holi has become a more general celebration of spring, new beginnings, brotherhood and diversity, the press release said.

Surati For Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization with the vision to educate and enrich communities through dance, music, and theater, while also promoting Indian art and culture. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, Surati’s team of professional dancers, musicians and instructors perform and instruct at corporate functions, fund raisers, and cultural events throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit suratifpa.org

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