Times Square rocked with Diwali celebrations over weekend

Stalls lined the Times Square selling Indian wares and foods October 28, 2023, to celebrate Diwali. PHOTO: videograb YouTube

Diwali was celebrated with much fanfare at Times Square October 27 and 28, 2023. The landmark square was taken over by scores of stalls selling colorful wares and food, and crowds streamed by to enjoy the sounds and aromas of Indian culture and cuisine.

Tasty Indian streetfood was enjoyed by visitors to the Diwali celebrations at Times Square October 28, 2023. PHOTO: videograb YouTube

Among the high profile attendees was New York City Mayor Eric Adams, US Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, New York State Assemblywoman representing District 38 Jenifer Rajkumar, President/CEO of ABS Communications Neeta Bhasin.

US Senator Chuck Schumer with renowned performer Mika Singh and officers of NYPD posing for a picture at Times Square Diwali fair Oct. 28, 2023. PHOTO: videograb YouTube

Performers at the event included Mika Singh, Shuba, Sparsh Shah, and troupes of youth dancers from local dance schools. People moved to Bhangra beats as a group performed the vigorous Punjabi dance on stage.

Young dancers performing at Times Square for a Diwali fair held October 28, 2023. PHOTO: videograb YouTube
Dance troupe performing at the Diwali celebrations at Times Square October 28, 2023. PHOTO: videograb YouTube

Thousands of people jammed Times Square to enjoy the festivities.

Times Square was jammed with people enjoying Diwali October 28j, 2023. PHOTO: videograb YouTube

Numerous leaders spoke at the event including Rajkumar and Schumer, Adams, as well as Mika Singh, Indian American community leaders.

On stage at Times Square Oct. 27, 2023, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, Mayor Eric Adams, and other leaders on stage, during the Diwali celebrations. PHOTO Twitter @pjshukla

Several people were honored for high achievements in their fields of endeavor.




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