WHIPPANY, NJ — Sanskriti of New Jersey, the Livingston-based non-profit association serving the Asian-Indian community of Essex County and neighboring towns, recently celebrated Diwali with its annual dinner and dance event at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany.

Hundreds of members and non-members attended the event in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrating autumn. One of the non-members included Livingston Mayor Al Anthony, who attended with his wife, Lori, in support of the Indian community.

“It was an honor for my wife and I to be guests at the Diwali celebration,” said Anthony. “Our Indian community has always been a significant part of why Livingston is a great town and has always been extremely welcoming to us. It was a fun time with so many of our residents dressed in traditional Indian clothes, with traditional Indian food and dancing and celebrating.”

The executive committee of this event included Sonal Batra, Punam Bhargava, Archana Gollamudi, Jayesh Shah, Irma Maini, Nilesh Mhatre, Neeta Juvekar and Nimita Shah.