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The ancient Hindu holiday, Holi, is known as “The Festival of Spring,” “The Festival of Colors” and “The Festival of Love.” Holi is a national holiday in India and is celebrated across the world including right here in NJ! The fun includes bonfires, playing with colors and of course eating delicious foods. This year, Holi falls on Friday, March 18, and there are several ways to join in this joyful, colorful festival across the Garden State.

March 9

Children’s Holi Program on Zoom
East Rutherford Library, virtual event
4:30-5:30 pm
Children will hear a story and do a craft. All materials will be provided by the library. This program is for children ages 5 & up.

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March 11

Red Baraat Festival of Colors
South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange
8 pm
Don’t miss this immersive experience celebrating the spirit of the Hindu holiday of Holi through music, dance and visuals. Led by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its merging of North Indian Bhangra with elements of Funk, Go-Go, Rock and raw Punk energy.

March 17 

Holi Celebration (Pradipan)
Vrajdham, Parsippany
6:45 – 8 pm
Join at this temple and community center for a happy Holi celebration.

March 19

East Brunswick Briar Ridge Holi Celebration
10 Winterberry Ct., East Brunswick
12 pm
Come for a fun celebration and a colorful feast.

Edgewater Bollywood Ladies’ Night Out
Hudson Dance Studio, Edgewater
8:30-11:30 pm
There will be lots of dancing at this event. Indian snacks will be sold, no Holi colors allowed. Vaccination is required for attendance.

March 20

Fair Lawn Holi Celebration – Spring Color Blast
Memorial Park, Fair Lawn
2 – 5 pm (rain date March 27)
Join community members for a vibrant celebration with music, dancing, colors and crafts. Participants are asked to wear white clothing that they don’t mind getting stained with lots of colors. Color packets will be for sale. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Jashn & Jhopri present a Colorful Holi!!!
Jhopri Restaurant, Plainsboro Twp.
12 pm
Join for dancing, shopping and a grand buffet included in the ticket price. Don’t miss the outdoor colors from 2-3 pm.

Happy Holi Yoga Gives Back Fundraiser
Guru’s, Newton, PA
11am – 2pm
Come celebrate Holi with Yogamazia and Guru’s Indian cuisine. The event will take place in Guru’s parking lot and tickets include snacks and a drink. Participants can play with color, dance to a DJ and play fun yoga games.

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March 26

Family Friendly Open-Air Holi Patio Party
The Brown Stone, Metuchen
12 – 4 pm
Celebrate the festival of colors at this family-friendly event featuring organic colors. There will be free Thandai shots at the gate, free food for kids, and Indian appetizers. DJ Vicky NYC and Dholi Gurkirat will get you moving. This event is rain or shine.

March 27

Edison Holi Hungama
Akbar Banquet, Edison
11 am
Come check out this indoor/outdoor event that will feature colors, food, dancing and a shopping bazaar.