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​Surati for Performing Arts is Hosting Annual Holi Hai Color Festival This Weekend

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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A socially distanced event is taking place in Jersey City that will not only be an opportunity to get out of your house and do something fun, but to learn about and celebrate the rich Indian culture. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 24, Surati for Performing Arts will host their 2nd Annual Fall Colors Walk and Navratri Celebration from 10:00AM – 2:00PM. Read on to learn more about the Holi Hai Color Festival event and Surati for Performing Arts based in Jersey City.

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^Photos from last year’s — will look a *bit* different this year

About the Event

Participants will meet at City Hall and will have the opportunity to take an all-level Vinyasa yoga class from Chilltown Yoga. Afterward, everyone will walk along the waterfront to the beat of dhol drummers and throwing the vibrant powdered colors into the air. The walk ends in front of Zaaz Indian cuisine restaurant where participants can learn Dandia dances and watch performances. Contactless temperature checks will occur with all in attendance. This is a socially distanced walk where masks are mandatory

The Fall Colors Walk is comes alive through a collaboration with support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and county executive Thomas A Degise.

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Tickets range from $25 for one person to $135 for a group. Purchase your tickets here. With your ticket, you’ll get a t-shirt, color packets, Dandiya sticks, masks, and hand sanitizer {first-come-first-served-basis}.

What is the Holi Hai

Holi Hai is a Hindu festival that originated thousands of years ago. It is also known as the Indian “festival of spring,” the”festival of colors,” or the “festival of love.” The festival represents the victory of good over evil. Although it originated in India, it has become a celebration that other Asian countries, as well as the Western world, participate in. Participants gather together, listen to traditional music and drummers, eat delicacies, and throw colored powders in the air and on each other {anyone is fair game!}. It is a beautiful way to come together as a community.

About ​Surati for Performing Arts

Surati for Performing Arts is a Jersey City-based award-winning nonprofit organization that tours nationally and internationally with its concerts and eclectic staged productions. Surati is built on Indian culture and educates and showcases primarily Indian performing arts, themes, stories, and festivals. The team of professional dancers, musicians, and instructors perform at corporate, fundraisers, community, and cultural events throughout the U.S. and abroad

The Surati team led by Founder and Artistic Director Ms. Rimli Roy, have performed at prestigious venues like the United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The Reichhold Center – University of the U.S Virgin Islands, Alaska Performing Arts Center (AK), The University of the West Indies in Barbados and The World Financial Center Wintergarden, now known as Brookfield Place to name a few.

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