NASHUA, NH – Nashua’s Winter Holiday Stroll this year will be themed as “The Light of the Community,” and will celebrate by including elements of the Indian festival of Diwali, or the festival of lights, for the first time in the 22-year-old history of the Holiday Stroll celebration in Nashua, New Hampshire.
“It is a free event and is always held on Saturday after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Indian community is the second largest minority community after Hispanics in Nashua, and we are very excited that Diwali has been incorporate this year,” said Latha Mangipudi, a State Representative in New Hampshire. “It is a pride of Nashua.”
Holiday Stroll in Nashua is held annually and attracts between 35,000 to 40,000 people, Mangipudi told INDIA New England News. The event features a variety of food, music and the tree lighting event.
Paul Shea, one of the organizers of Holiday Stroll, said that each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving the streets of Downtown Nashua are closed, and a candle lit precession is led from City Hall down Main Street to the location of the city tree at the Hunt Memorial Building lawn in Railroad Square.
“The Winter Holiday Stroll committee is excited to partner with and include leaders in our growing Indian-American community, and inspire our Indian American neighbors of the region to join in on the celebration and share aspects of the Diwali celebration with the broader community,” Shea said. “This year’s event will feature a logo that incorporates the form of a diya, will include rangoli sand art demonstration, Indian food for purchase, Bollywood dancing demonstration, yoga and more.”
He said after the tree is lit, the community goes throughout Downtown to take in indoor and outdoor free music performances, demonstrations, and attractions. Folks also take the opportunity to explore our distinctive retail shops and fantastic dining opportunities.
Shea said there are a number of new aspects to this year’s event, including the use of projectors to illuminate some buildings, animatronic safari animal rides, and a theme.
“The theme, chosen for the first time this year, will be the light of community. This is inspired by elements of light that transcend the holidays celebrated by many cultures during the darker months,” Shea said. “The theme celebrates how our lives are more vibrant when we engage in community building. It was chosen this year being especially inspired by the Holiday of Diwali, which falls later and nearer to the Winter Holiday Stroll than it would most years.”