The Senior Friendship Group Chicago celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Golf Maine Park District, 8800 W Kathy Ln, Niles, IL. The festivities, which ran from 9 am to 4 pm, united members and guests for a culturally enriching day.
The event commenced with a delectable breakfast featuring a variety of Diwali delicacies, such as Ghooghra, Cholafli, Mathiya, Farsi, Puri Chawanan, along with tea and coffee. The venue was beautifully adorned with intricate depictions of Ganapatidada and Lakshmi Mata, thanks to the meticulous efforts of Meghna D Vora, who orchestrated the enchanting decor.
President Harshadbhai Parekh extended heartfelt Diwali and New Year wishes to all attendees and outlined the day’s program. A collective Aarti of Ganapati Dada and Lakshmi Mata, performed by both members and guests, set a spiritual tone. Smita Parekh presented prayers of Sarva Dharma and Mayurashtakam, adding a divine touch to the celebration.
In a special segment, November birthdays, including Sunilbhai Shah’s, were celebrated. The entertainment quotient soared as Jeetendraji, Amitbhai, Pratibhaji, and Ritaben Shah showcased their musical talents, creating a jubilant atmosphere that had everyone dancing.
The highlight of the event was the felicitation of President Harshadbhai Parekh and other dedicated members by Pinkiben Dineshbhai Thakkar and Mukeshbhai Mehta. Bouquets and shals were presented as tokens of appreciation for their significant contributions.
As a sweet conclusion to the celebration, the President, committee members, and guests distributed sweets to all attendees, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared joy.