HOLI Picnic

This annual event provides children, adults, and seniors with an opportunity to get into the spirit of Holi. Holi is the traditional Indian festival adorned by the spirit of the victory of good over evil and symbolized by bright colors. All about cheer and laughter, it is played by adults and children alike while they color each other’s faces with ‘gulal’, shouting “Holi Hai,” with glee. Some of the signature aspects of the afternoon are delicious lunch of freshly prepared dosas, idlis, and other delicious cuisines, games for children & adults, and some friendly competition! 

HOLI 2022

The 13th Annual Holi Picnic was an afternoon of fun, food, games, music, and of course, lots of COLOR! It took place on Sunday, May 15th from 12pm to 4pm. For the first time, Holi was held in Livingston at the Gazebo by the Oval. 

Activities included color distribution, variety of games such as House of colors, Color run, Tug of War, Family Freeze Dance and of course lots of dancing, some lead by our volunteers and some were lead by our DJ Anusha. It was great fun for adults and kids. Food was available for purchase. There were 3 food vendors to choose from, India Bazaar, Aangan and Sri Dosa serving dosa, medu vada, idli, kathi rolls, samosa chaat, veg & non-veg plates and much more. We thank Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt, Deputy Mayor Michael Vieira and Council members Alfred Anthony, Rudy Fernandez and Shawn Klein for coming out to celebrate with us.

The Chairpersons for this event were Swati Kala and Parth Nanavati who spent many hours on planning the details of the event along with the dedication and hours of work by our passionate volunteers named below in alphabetical order by first name: 

Aashika Agarwal, Abhishek Gangwal, Amit Patel, Anshu Jain (Photography), Anupama Kaul, Bhavin Shah (games coordinator), Chanchal Kala, Deepali Chonkar, Hersh Hirkannawar, Mamata Goswami (bollywood dance), Manila Agarwal (bollywood dance), Nitin Goswami (bollywood dance)Niraj Gadhavi, Param Kapoor (Dhol), Piyush Sarode, Rachitha Kartha, Rekha Chopra, Riddhima Matai, Sachin Chonkar, Saurabh Kohli, Suneeth Varghese, Sunil Jain. A Big Shoutout & special thanks to Abhishek, Amit, Bhavin, Chanchal, Hersh, Riddhima and of course to Swati & Parth for coming early for set-up and staying late until wrap-up. 

We thank our teen volunteers who helped at our registration booths: Advit Gangwal, Mehul Jain, Urvi Jagtap.

We also want to thank the Mayor and the Town Council for making the Livingston Gazebo area available for this event and Livingston Public Works and the Police departments for their help and cooperation. We acknowledge and thank St Philomena's for allowing our attendee's to park at their parking lot. The volunteer First Aid truck was at hand and we appreciate their presence. Last but not the least, we thank the support of our Gold Sponsor Harleen Manko of New York Life, Silver Sponsor Rachna Maheshwari of Coldwell Banker Realty and our Paan sponsor- Mr. Atin Shetty.

Sanskriti EC members Nilesh Mhatre, Punam Bhargava and Neeta Juvekar were the Executive Committee liaisons for this event. Anurag Rochlani and Sachin Chonkar were the other Executive Committee members in attendance. 

You can view other photos here

Thank you!

Sanskriti of NJ
PO Box 253
Livingston, NJ 07039

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