Chatham’s Indian community celebrates Holi with bright colors

CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ – The colors are bright like the flowers of spring, and those observing Holi celebrated it all, and the love, as winter turned to spring in the Chathams.

A gathering of around 165 people Sunday at the baseball field near the Chatham Municipal Building was the first public celebration of Holi here since 2019, due to COVID-19 restrictions for the past two years.

A representative of the Chatham Indian community said the group had obtained permission from the mayor’s office for a celebration in 2022. Holi is the popular Hindu spring festival observed the day after the full moon of the Hindu lunar month of Phagun, which on other calendars falls between mid-February and mid-March.

“It is a time of great joy and delight as people spread out in bright colors as they mark the arrival of spring and the end of winter,” a statement from the group explained.

People celebrated from midday on Sunday by sharing a feast, dancing to Bollywood hits and splashing with color. “It is the celebration of love, happiness and friendship and it allows children to get a glimpse of Indian culture,” the group’s statement explained.

The first local celebration took place in 2019. Read Patch’s story about it here.

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