Northborough Senior Center celebrates Diwali

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Northborough Senior Center celebrates Diwali
Dancers perform in a Diwali celebration in the Northborough Senior Center. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

NORTHBOROUGH – Music filled the Northborough Senior Center Tuesday night as residents gathered for a Diwali celebration.

The Senior Center held the event along with the India Society of Worcester and Northboro Junior Woman’s Club.

According to Shiamin Melville, there’s a member of the India Society of Worcester who loves coming to the Senior Center and asked that the society come to the center and talk about Diwali.

Melville added that many of the Indian community members were also part of the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club. Plus, the club has had meetings at the Senior Center and members attend events.

Melville said it was “perfect synergy” to have the Diwali event at the Senior Center.

“To me, it’s like coming home,” she said.

Director Kendra Faldetta, who has been with the Northborough Senior Center for about six months, believed that this was the first time that the center celebrated Diwali.

The celebration featured dancers along with Rangoli sand craft, block printing and instructions on how to tie a sari.

“I just hope that people come here and realize that this is our home, and we want to share the culture,” Melville said.

This is one of several Diwali celebrations being held in the region. In collaboration with the India Society of Worcester, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill will be holding Diwali Lights on Nov. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. It will feature numerous activities including cultural programs, Indian food, shopping and henna.

For the Senior Center, Faldetta said they wanted residents to feel like they have a place and were welcome at the center.

“We are hoping that this is the first of many cultural celebrations, and we can really open our doors and let everyone know that we have something for everyone. We want everyone to feel welcome,” Faldetta said.