East Brunswick celebrates Diwali’s Festival of Lights

A folk dancer performs at the Diwali Festival of Lights event held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center on Oct. 16.


Saraswati Cultural Association hosted its inaugural Diwali Festival of Lights at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center. From 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16, visitors arrived at the free outdoor event to enjoy a celebration of culture and community via folk dances and live performances. The festival featured a variety of vendors for adults and children, creating a family-friendly atmosphere that allowed everyone to participate.

The Saraswati Cultural Association hopes to make the festival a reoccurring event in East Brunswick to promote cultural and ethnic harmony in the community.

For more information on the organization, upcoming events and its overall mission, visit www.scaofnj.org/#/.

Mehndi, a form of body art, was a popular attraction with many visitors lining up to get a design done.
A young boy chases his father during the festival. The outdoor space allowed families to roam freely, adding to the fun.
Mayor Brad Cohen posing with a vendor during the Diwali Festival of Lights.
Mayor Brad Cohen.
Members of the SCA recited the Pledge of Allegiance and India's National Pledge at the start of the event.
The inaugural festival drew many visitors from the community.
Visitors were able to enjoy a variety of dances from different groups and performers.
While waiting to take the stage, performers helped each other prepare by applying makeup and fixing outfits.
Anita Chadha, Founder and President of the Saraswati Cultural Association speaks to the crowd.
Various vendors were present at the festival selling racks of clothing and culture-specific items for visitors to purchase.
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