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Garba Celebration Returns to South Brunswick

Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey will hold a Navratri Garba celebration in South Brunswick on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27.

The Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey has organized a Navratri Garba celebration at Crossroads South Middle School auditorium in South Brunswick on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  

The Navratri celebration marks the festival of nine nights, during which Hindus worship the Goddess of Shakti Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Hindus believe Goddess Durga destroys all the evil propensities lurking the minds of her devotees, Goddess Lakshmi implants divine qualities in the devotee’s minds and Goddess Saraswati bestows true knowledge to her devotees. The tenth day also known as Vijay Dashami, commemorates the victory of good over evil.  

The IACFNJ will hold this year’s Garba in a state of the art gymnasium at Crossroads South Middle School. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend each day.  For the last two years, the IACFNJ Garba has been the biggest indoor Navratri gathering in New Jersey. 

Once again, the famous group of Mahesh Mehta and his talented singers from Bollywood and local talents of Entertainment Unlimited will rock the stage with famous old and new garbas, dandiya tunes, sanedo and bhangaras for non-stop live entertainment for more than five hours. 

The very young to middle age crowd will shake the floor with so much energy and variety of dance styles and costumes on all four days. South Brunswick’s cultural diversity will be witnessed on the dance floor where the attendees will not be only Gujaratis but from all over India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Shri Lanka and other neighboring countries and high school kids of various ethnic and cultural back grounds which is rarely seen at any other Garba celebration in the country. 

The divine Goddess Amba Maa’s Aarti will be performed on all four days and the Prasadam will be distributed to all attendees.  The center stage will be decorated with Goddess Amba Maa’s statue in a temple setting to have the atmosphere feel like divine and traditional celebration like back home. The cafeteria will have food stalls of various mouth watering Indian delicacies and a wide variety of food at reasonable prices.     

The local business entrepreneurs, community leaders and local and state public officials will attend the celebration to support IACFNJ community efforts to keep Indian culture and heritage alive in this country.  The generous media sponsors for the event are Akilanews.com, Radio Dil, masalajunction.com, 1170 EBC Radio, Desi Duniyaa Magazine, Gujarat Darpan, Tiranga, Asian Media USA, Divya Bhaskar, Gujarat Times, Sentinel, and South Brunswick Patch and Post. 

The IACFNJ dedicated and enthusiastic committee members and volunteers under the leadership of President Mahesh Patel, Vice-President Hitesh Patel, Secretary Dr. Tushar Patel and Treasurer Mac Shah are working very hard to organize this event once again to have a grand success for this year’s celebration for the eighth consecutive year. 

For further information about the event or advertisement/sponsorship or stall booking, please contact Dr. Tushar Patel at 848-391-0499 or Mac Shah at 848-667-0745 or visit the organization's web site at www.IACFNJ.org or e-mail at iacfnj@yahoo.com

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