Edison Public Library and GOPIO-Edison organize a successful Diwali and Thanksgiving Celebration

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Global Organization of People of Indian Origin Edison NJ Chapter (GOPIO-Edison, NJ) hosted the Diwali & Thanksgiving” celebration at the North Branch of the Library in Edison. The event was fully subscribed to, and the audience came with family and children to participate. This was the third successful event organized by GOPIO-Edison since it was relaunched in March 2022.

The program started with the lighting of lamps by dignitaries including Edison Councilman Ajay Patil, GOPIO Edison Chapter President Pallavi Verma Belwariar, and GOPIO Life member Dr. Ramesh Pandey. GOPIO-Edison Team members also joined to light the lamp. The Library Hall was beautifully decorated with garlands, a photo-booth, and a welcome desk.

The Diwali event started with registration networking with tea that generated a lot of interest and people started coming from the Tristate area. Many came with their families to join the celebration and cultural event at the Edison Public Library. Before the start of the event, audiences enjoyed the tea and snacks and the opportunity for attendees to interact freely.

GOPIO–Edison Chapter President Pallavi Verma welcomed everyone. She appreciated the community coming together for the two major celebrations. She gave a brief about GOPIO-Edison which was relaunched in March 2022 and successfully conducted a“India Book Launch” event on April 10th in the same library in partnership with the Indian Consulate, NY, and another event on November 6th for “Investment and retirement planning” with experts. The community had very enthusiastically participated in both events and was fully subscribed. Emcees for the Diwali event were Srishti Agrawal and Anumegha Saxena and both conducted the program very well, engaging the audiences with games and bringing each participant to the stage.

The cultural celebration event participants were Mohita, Arhan, Dyksha, Verchas, Verad, Kaivalya, and Hanshit. The event also saw singing by Pratibha, and Yogesh, along with Pallavi singing some popular Bollywood numbers for entertainment.

At the end, all participants were given appreciation certificates for their participation. The program ended with GOPIO-Edison Board member Chitranjan Sahay Belwariar giving a vote of thanks to all the participants, library staff, media partners, and audiences. He also thanked Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO International for his guidance for the GOPIO-Edison. Ritesh Agrawal managed the registration desk and guided the audience for the event and provided the benefits of becoming a member of the GOPIO-Edison Chapter. The link for membership is tinyurl.com/GOPIO-EDISON-MEMBERSHIP.

The president of the chapter, Pallavi Verma and the GOPIO Edison team was very encouraged to see the audience turnout of the event and they have lined up some more events in Edison Public Library which they explained in detail and can be found on GOPIO-Edison Facebook page www.Facebook.com/GOPIO-Edison Those who want to donate may contact GOPIO-Edison at 848-459-5918 or send an e-mail gopio.edison.nj@gmail.com or send a donation using www.paypal.me/GOPIOEdison