Edison, NJ - Indo American Festivals, a non-profit organization, will be hosting its annual “Grand Dushahra” event at Lake Papaianni Park on October 5, with a rain date of October 12. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will culminate with fireworks.  The event is now in its 21st year. 

According to organizers, the festival will feature a two hour Ramleela, which is a musical ballad, performed by over 75 professional dancers, depicting the Hindu epic Ramayan.  

The festival will include food stalls, Indian arts and crafts, henna artists, and rides for children, according to organizers.  

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The Dushahra Festival is based on the Hindu belief that Lord Rama killed the demon king Ravana on this day. People continue to symbolize that event each year by marking its importance as the “victory of good over evil.” The most important part of the festival is the burning in effigy of Ravana and remains as the major highlight of this festival.  

A free medical camp will be onsite to provide screening and will be attended by specialists from various fields including a special detox Yoga instructor. 

Admission and parking for the event are free.