With About 1,500 Guests, Gurjar Hosts Biggest Navratri Celebration in its 40-Year History

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The Gurjar Team
Ramila Thakkar

READING, MA– The Gujarati Association of New England, known as Gurjar, celebrated Navratri and attracted largest number of guests ever in its 40-year history. The celebrations were held on Oct. 20 at the Reading High school in Reading, MA.

“A sold-out event was attended by close to 1,500 peoples, the largest number of attendances ever recorded for Gurjar Navratri festivals,” Gurjar President Ramila Thakkar said in a statement. “This was possible because for the first time Gurjar found a venue to accommodate such a large crowd.”

Gurjar’s annual woe has been not finding a bigger space and patrons had to be turned away.

Rachna Shah

“It’s heartbreaking to tell the little ones that come all dressed up, that the event was sold out. Schools rented have very stringent fire hazards rules for the number of space occupancy,” Ms. Thakkar said.

Gurjar Secretary Rachana Shah said the seamless efforts by team Gurjar had everybody dancing their hearts away, twirling their ‘dandiyas’ till midnight.

“DJ Yogi delivered amazing music that sounded like a live band accompanied by the Dholi, Vinay Patel, adding the live beats to the music,” said Ms. Shah. “Guests enjoyed delicious food naming a few Khaman, Pani Puri, Bhel, Samosas,Dabeli, Pakoras, Falooda. Mango lassi and of course topped off with paan.”

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