ASHLAND, MA–The Town of Ashland and the Ashland Indians Club, a local organization run by volunteers, recently hosted its annual Diwali event for the 2nd year.
The Corner Spot (literally the corner spot on Main and Pleasant St.) was decorated to brighten up the already gorgeous day and create the festive atmosphere. The Corner Spot Diwali event came into being as a result of the diversity initiative the Ashland town greatly supports and is proud of. One could see that joy, love and friendship tightly binds this South Asian community in a small town of Ashland, MA.
Town Manager Michael Herbert has supported and sponsored this ofﬁcial town event. He is very appreciative of the South Asian Indian community and takes great pride in town’s diversity initiative.
State Senate President Ms. Karen Spilka graced the occasion this year as well. She spoke highly about how the Indian community is an integral part of the society and how this festival of lights brings color, spreads joy in the community.
Rangoli (popularly known as sand art) contest was held comprising of 12 teams both children and adults, each participating to showcase their talent. Designs were creative and varied in true nature of the festival. Winners were chosen by public voting.
The event was attended by more than 250 people from within the town and some from the neighboring towns as well. Delicious Indian food was available and served by the Curry house of Franklin, Henna art, Diya (earthen candle holders) and Jewelry items were on sale during the event. Agenda also featured vocal and traditional dance performances by adults and children thus encouraging local talent. The highlight of the event was the Dhol by the Tasha and Group drawing the celebration to a grand end.
The town of Ashland, organizers and volunteers of the Ashland Indian Club made this Corner Spot Diwali event a grand success.