The Indian Americans for Burlington (IAB) will have a tree lighting ceremony for Diwali in the Burlington Commons. A historical first, this event will be held on October 15, 2017 at the Town Commons. The Commons will remain lit for two weeks during Diwali.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to share our culture with the community,” said Menka Jethra, President of IAB.
“Burlington has a significant Indian population. I felt that instituting a Tree Lighting ceremony in the Commons for Diwali was a great way for us to share our culture with the community,” says Ranjani Saigal who initiated this effort.
The town selectmen were very supportive of the proposals. Indra Deb, an IAB committee member works closely with the town and has brought the selectman to Diwali parties organized by IAB. “We thoroughly enjoyed the party and look forward to partaking in the upcoming event,” said the selectmen.
“The Indian American children in Burlington will be thrilled to see Diwali celebrated in this way,” said Gini Pookotil, who is the secretary of IAB.
Other members of the team including Shital Bammar, Sutanuka Basu, Anil Saigal, Ram Satyaprasad, Dinesh Tanna and Ram Voruganti are very excited about the event and are gearing up to make it a grand success.