SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Diwali is a holiday celebrated mostly by people of Indian descent all across the globe.
Sunday evening, the Springfield community joined together at the Chisholm Community Center for a celebration of the holiday, punctuated by food, conversation and activities for all to enjoy.
The event featured traditional Indian food. Guests could also try on saris and construct paper lanterns. For event co-organizer Paula Saha, a Springfield resident and current member of the Board of Education, being able to showcase her heritage and culture with her neighbors is always a pleasure.
"It's very special to me," Saha said. "Because Springfield my home, and I live here, and it has always is important to me to learn about other cultures. And I think it's very nice to be doing that with other people in my community.
"To celebrate such an important event with the rest of my community is very special to me."
Another attendee, Springfield resident Ram Hariharen echoed Saha and said that community was an important aspect to the celebration.
"The whole Idea is bringing Springfield together Hariharen said. "So we didn't want to celebrate among ourselves, we wanted to bring the whole community together. So that's our idea of coming together."
Hariharen also said he was pleased with the turnout, and hoped that next year would be even better.