More than 250 people — families from Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, West Orange and other nearby towns — celebrated Diwali Sunday night at the Glen Ridge Women’s Club.
It might have been a dreary night outside, but indoors, the party was vibrant and full of light, with guests resplendent in a rainbow of colorful garments, sparkling saris and langas, gathering to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights.
Beautiful candle-lit decorations lined the path to the club; indoors, food was delicious and plentiful.
This year’s celebration, moved to Glen Ridge to accommodate an increased turnout from last year, was extra special as it was promoted as an inclusive-friendly celebration with a quieter activity area for children with special needs, says Puneeta Kalra, one of the organizers of the annual event.
A highlight of the evening was a series of dance performances. Shonita Srinivasan, a Montclair High School student, started the evening with a traditional prayer dance. Then, young children came on stage to dance followed by some amazing adult troupe performances. The program closed with two talented young women, Kaira Krishna and Devika Dwivedi, who wowed the crowd with a dance sequence that culminated with the duo bringing the audience to their feet for one big Bollywood dance party.