[BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ] (November 4) The Summit Area YMCA in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Committee will be hosting a special community celebration of Diwali, one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism which spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. As part of our commitment to strengthening the foundations of our community by welcoming diversity and inclusion, the Diwali Celebration will be an exciting opportunity to bring communities of all cultures and faiths together.
Held at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, the Diwali Festival will feature activities for all ages including ceremonial dancing, henna applications, special arts & crafts activities and an chance to hear the story Diwali and learn about its many ceremonial rituals and customs. Traditional Indian cuisine will be available for purchase provided by Bombay Bistro from Summit and Neelam from Berkeley Heights.
2:30-2:45 Welcome, The Story of Diwali (with Slideshow)
2:45-3:15 Ceremony (Initial d iya lighting and sing jai Ganesh song)
3:45-4:30 Food served/children's Craft/Henna
4:30 Rangoli in the parking lot on the way out /Sparklers for the children
Please bring in a donated item for Speak 4 Silent Voices This meaningful organization works to empower families in India and Nepal who are either homeless or of low socio-economic status by:
• Educating children
• Providing free health education on disease prevention and dental hygiene
• Supporting fair-trade work programs for women
• Connecting children from slums in developing countries with children in the US
• Educating youth on how to help those in need
The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.