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Community gathered to celebrate Holi

Celebrating Holi

Spring arrived in a vibrant explosion of color at Great Neck’s Cutter Mill Park on Sunday, March 24. The Second Annual Holi Festival, organized once again by Nupur Gupta and Payal Vithlani, drew nearly 50 families from across the community, making it a bigger and brighter celebration than ever before.

From the left: Payal Vithlani and Nupur Gupta (Contributed photos)

After a wet Saturday, the sun shone beautifully on the festivities, turning the park into a canvas of joy. Children and adults alike reveled in the spirit of Holi, throwing colored powder – blues, pinks, greens, yellows, and oranges – that painted the air and everyone in its path. Laughter and playful throws filled the air as friends and neighbors came together in the colorful chaos.

Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of spring. It’s a time to shed inhibitions, forget differences, and embrace the simple pleasure of community. This joyous tradition, enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds around the world, was on full display in Great Neck.

The infectious energy of Holi wasn’t limited to the colorful throws. Lively music filled the air, and people of all ages danced freely, their movements reflecting the joy of the celebration and the vibrant colors swirling around them. This infectious spirit added another layer of vibrancy to the day, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

Payal Vithlani and Nupur Gupta’s dedication once again ensured a successful event, filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks, lively music, and of course, ample supplies of colorful powder. Their efforts not only strengthened the Indian community within Great Neck, but also brought the wider community together in a celebration of life and togetherness.

As the vibrant colors settled and laughter subsided, a warm sense of community lingered in the air. The 2nd Annual Holi Festival served as a joyful reminder of the power of tradition, the beauty of spring, and the importance of celebrating life together. With its growing success, this event promises to become a cherished annual tradition in Great Neck, a vibrant tapestry woven with the colors of joy, community, and togetherness.

Nupur Gupta and Payal Vithlani would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible! Their hard work and dedication were instrumental in creating a joyful and memorable experience for everyone.

—Written by Rajeev Gupta

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