Largest Festival of Colors in Jersey City & Hoboken This Weekend

New York, N.Y. The largest festival of colors celebration in America, Surati Holi Hai, will attract more than 15,000 revelers from all over the world and span across two neighboring East Coast cities – Hoboken and Jersey City – this weekend. The day-long event on Saturday, June 15, 2019, will promote peace, equality and unity through cultural diversity, color play, a color walk, live performances, educational and interactive workshops, interactive art, food and drink vendors, a children’s zone, DJ, dancing and much more.

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Photo: Surati/JINGO Media

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. at Jersey City Hall (280 Grove Street) with the first-ever Hudson River Fitness Color Walk. Attendees will enjoy soothing live music, yoga and dance workshops from premier health professionals and organizations. Participants will also smear each other with colors at the start of the walk, participate in a color countdown and make their way along the Hudson waterfront with friends/family to dance with the live dhol (drum beats) and Surati’s Bhangra team.

The walk will end at Pier A Park in Hoboken, where the waterfront Spring festival celebrations will begin at 12 noon featuring color play, color countdowns, live performances, food vendors, a children’s zone, two performance stages, DJ, dancing, cabana style tents, a cash bar and drink specials.

T-shirts, color-packets and water are included for registered walkers. On-site registrations at Jersey City Hall will begin at 8:30 am. The general public can register for the Jersey City Color Walk online at www.suratiholihai.org. The Festival of Colors in Hoboken is FREE for everyone.

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Media Check-In will take place between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the media registration table in front of Jersey City Hall. Media is also invited to attend and cover the festival at any time during the day!

“What I love about our festival is that it is attended by all, irrespective of their cultural backgrounds or nationalities, thus spreading the message of love, brotherhood, acceptance and peace,” said Rimli Roy, Founder & Artistic Director of Surati Performing Arts. “By promoting the arts and culture of India, Surati Holi Hai is growing to become the tri-state’s most talked-about, meaningful and unique celebration of the Spring Festival of Colors.”

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Photo: Surati/JINGO Media

“When everyone is colorful, no one is different,” states Surati’s motto, celebrating equality and brotherhood across boundaries. Today, Surati Holi Hai is possibly the United States’, and definitely the East Coast’s, most popular family-friendly cultural festival, having attracted more than 12,000 people in 2018, who registered from 22 U.S states and six countries around the world.

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Mr. Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, also shared:

Holi, the festival of color, has become a truly international festival. People all over the world enjoy celebrating Holi, as it fosters love, compassion, understanding and brotherhood. We are delighted that Surati has, over the last few years, been organizing Holi with participation of the larger community of New York and New Jersey, enlightening the people about the cultural traditions of India. We, in the Consulate, are happy to partner with Surati and are confident that this year the participation will exceed all expectations and set a new record.

Surati Holi Hai’s 2019 Sponsors:

  • Consulate General of India, New York
  • Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, NJ
  • City of Hoboken
  • City of Jersey City
  • Office of Cultural Affairs, Jersey City
  • Visit NJ.org
  • CarePoint Health
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • NJCU
  • NY Waterway
ABOUT SURATI:

Surati is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that showcases and promotes dance, music, theatre, festivals and stories rooted in India with traditional/modern genres from around the world. Surati’s mission is to educate and enrich communities globally in the diverse cultural heritage of India through performances, educational projects, festivals, classes, events, workshops and lecture-demonstrations. For more information about us, please visit www.suratiholihai.org.

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Chloe Hoang
A recent Honors graduate of The College of Wooster with a major in Communication Studies, Chloe is from Hanoi, Vietnam. She serves as the Executive Director at The J. Luce Foundation, managing leadership training and development programs for Young Global Leaders age 18-24. Recently, Chloe receives a full-tuition fellowship for her Master of International Affairs in International Non-Governmental Organization at Baruch College.

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