Joys in New York and New Jersey Jaunts

Sunday October 1, 2017

Mabuhay. Shalom. As-Salaam-Alaikum. Namaste, the Spirit in me salutes the Spirit in you. In whatever language, there are reasons to wish you all well. The end of summer for those who live in the Northern hemisphere; and, the start of the last quarter in the Georgian Calendar usher in the holidays as well as a calming influence on those who are perhaps overcome by summer’s whirl of outdoor exertions. The cool air of autumn soothes overwrought spirits as if in surrender to nature’s healing hand. New York saw the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year this September and watched it unfold in the holy days of atonement known as Yom Kippur. Meantime, along with a few other cities with residents from India, Jersey City and Queens venues hosted events for the important Hindu festivals of Navaratri that showcased dances called Garba and Dandiya Raas traditionally part of a ritual performed by both men and women. One of the events held at the Westin Hotel in Newport in Jersey City was sold-out weeks before the actual holiday. The Festival of Lights, Diwali follows this October. So what other mini adventures in New York or New Jersey can one embark on this autumn? For History buffs, the Washington Headquarters Museum (WHM) in Morristown, New Jersey is an ideal place as this museum and the considerable property on which it sits is a lovely place in autumn. The museum exhibits provide an insightful experience that commemorates General Washington’s six-month stay in New Jersey during The American Revolution. The Ford Mansion where Washington actually stayed is next to the museum. The mansion was rented to Washington who used two rooms downstairs as his office and also occupied three rooms on the second floor as living quarters, according...... Read more on Full Issue!

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