As one of the most important holidays in India, the Diwali: Festival of Lights signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
On November 14, 2021, Diwali returns to Berkeley Heights for the fourth year! The Summit Area YMCA, in partnership with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council and the Diversity Committee of New Providence, will be hosting a special community celebration of Diwali at the brand new Berkeley Heights YMCA. The Diwali Festival will feature activities for all ages including an opening ceremony, music and dance performances, henna applications, special arts & crafts activities, Indian cuisine (available for purchase), Bollywood dance, and the opportunity to learn about Diwali ceremonial rituals, customs and more!
The event is free and open to the community. As part of our commitment to strengthening the foundations of our community through diversity and inclusion, people of all cultures and walks of faith are invited to join in the celebration.
Due to capacity limitations, registration is required for all event participants & guests.
• Opening Ceremony
• Live Dance & Musical Performances
• Fashion Show
• Henna Tattoos
• Arts & Crafts
• Indian Cuisine (Available for purchase from Neelam Indian Cuisine & South Street Market)
• Bollywood Dance
Sunday, November 14
Doors open at 3:50 PM
Berkeley Heights YMCA
59 Locust Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
For those who cannot join in person, we will also livestream the event on our Facebook page!
For the safety of members, guests and staff, masks are REQUIRED for all attending the Diwali Celebration, regardless of vaccination status. If you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 related symptoms, please postpone your visit to the Y.
Check out some of our performances from previous years in the video below and click here to learn more about Diwali in India.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.