SHORT HILLS, NJ — A group of women from throughout the Essex County area recently attended a Diwali Festival at the Short Hills Mall at the invitation of Livingston resident Khusha Vaidya, who serves as Essex County Brand Ambassador to The Corporate Diwali (TCD), an initiative established in effort to share the Indian holiday throughout the United States.

TCD is a multi-faceted organization dedicated to education, gender equality, empowerment, diversity, community, the sisterhood of women and altruism. Known for its upscale bonding gatherings, the local chapter of TCD partnered with Neiman Marcus to provide a socially distanced event that included a three-course pri fixe menu, a champagne toast and goody bags for attendees.

According to Vaidya, the ladies were also treated to “an exclusive spring and summer fashion display” created by the head stylist of Neiman Marcus and featuring couture by Chanel, Dolce Cabana and Tom Ford. The event featured three keynote speakers as well—including Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, Maria Falzo and Dr. Rajni Kohl—who spoke about self-care, wellness and support.

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Vaidya, a local engineer, moved from Jersey City to Livingston last year with her husband and two daughters. She said she saw TCD online and reached out to founder Manisha Beriwala about how to get involved.

Beriwala, who relocated from India to the United States, founded TCD after realizing that she missed Indian celebrations and traditions from home. She shared that’s she is “always trying to find herself and make an impact.”

As a former teacher, Beriwala has made it her mission to popularize the holiday of Diwali in the United States. She began hosting Diwali celebrations in Jersey City and has since expanded her efforts to hosting larger festivals throughout the area.

TCD is now a rapidly growing organization that has bonded women from the Hamptons to New Jersey and to Florida through educational and inspirational events.

Diwali is a holiday that focuses on light and hope while honoring and welcoming Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, into one’s home. The holiday also includes exchanging small gifts, lighting candles and sparklers and sharing tasty Indian snacks.

According to Beriwala, the women’s events are a weekend of “meditation, hairstyling and make up, photoshoots, motivational thinking and sharing ideas.” By the end of the event, Beriwal said attendees “are all sisters.”

Vaidya thanked Essex County for accepting TCD to the community and promise that the organization would “bring more diversity into Essex County.”

To learn more about The Corporate Diwali, CLICK HERE.

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