A celebration of India’s culture sponsored by the Borough of Roselle Park attracted more than 600 people from various communities, who enjoyed traditional dishes, music and danced to Indian songs on Saturday, October 1ST.

Mayor Carl Hokanson along with Councilman Joe Petrosky, Councilman Eugene Meola, Indo Seniors Association President Vithal Patel and Director of RP Business Chamber Vik Arora opened the ceremony by lighting the traditional lamp. Vik Arora who is also the owner of Dunkin Donuts and a big supporter of borough events presented the statue of culture and tradition of India. Councilman Gino Elmarassy, and Councilman Thos Shipley also joined the celebration and danced with the crowd.

“Roselle Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough, and we’re very pleased that these programs have attracted strong support and big turnouts,” said Mayor Hokanson.

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The event was held in the cafeteria and gym at Roselle Park High School because the crowd was too large to be accommodated at the Casano Center. The festival was the latest in a series of galas this year honoring the diverse heritage of Roselle Park’s citizens. Previous events focused on Irish, Hispanic and European Heritage Festival.

The food included Kichu, Samosa and Jalebi, which were provided by Bombay Spice II. Donation was also made by Quality Auto Center, Rita Pharmacy, Dunkin Donuts, 7-11, Roselle Park Liquors & Food, Super One Communications, Indo American Seniors Associations of Union County, Roselle Park Education Association and Casano Center Association.

Desi Beats Entertainment sang Garba and Sanedo as people young and old from all communities joined into dance. Deeya Shah, Aayshi Shah, Janvi Patel, Aayushi Patel and Honey Patel showed various Indian Dance forms such as Odissi and Bollywood with special dance number.

Shah praised Deeya Shah, Aayshi Shah, Janvi Patel, Aayushi Patel, Honey Patel, Gladys Lugo, Parth Shah, Roger Brenner, Ketan Amin, Sonya Chafla, Eleanor Gilbrine, Rose Mary Matkowski, Pat McNamara, Nila Shah, Keith Heyman, Kewal Patel, Khanjan Patel, Maitri Amin, and Roselle Park High School SASS club for volunteering and helping to organize “Festival of India”.