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Annual Hoboken + Jersey City Holi Hai Festival Happening on 9/25

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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Holi Hai, India’s most colorful celebration, is just around the corner and will be celebrated in Jersey City and Hoboken on September 25th. Holi is a very popular Indian festival that has many names like “Festival of  Love” or “Festival of Colors” and it is a celebration of good triumphing over evil in the honor of one of the Hindu Gods. Keep reading to learn more about this all-day color festival celebration in Hudson County, and why it’s happening in the fall this year instead of spring. 

(Photo credit: Surati Holi Hai)

About the Event

Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, on the last full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month marking the spring, making the date vary with the lunar cycle. The date falls typically in March, but sometimes in late February of the Gregorian calendar.

The Hudson River Color Walk will start at 10AM on September 25th with live performances and yoga at City Hall in Jersey City. The 2-mile walk will then continue into Pier A in Hoboken where the color festival will start at 12PM-8PM.

The main color festival will have dance performances, live music, color playing, color countdowns, local food vendors, a full bar, and more.

Participants should register for the walk at Eventbrite: all registered participants will receive a Surati Holi T-shirt and a bottle of water.

Advance tickets for the Color Walk and Festival will go from $5-$15.  Prices will increase to $10-$15 at the venue.

Covid still remains a threat so steps have been taken to ensure everyone’s safety. The event will adhere to New Jersey’s COVID-19 guidelines, says the organization.

(Photo credit: Surati Holi Hai)

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, community, and cultural events throughout the U.S. and abroad

The Surati team, led by Founder and Artistic Director Ms. Rimli Roy, has 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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