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Valentine’s party at Gujarati Samaj of Atlanta

March 2009
Valentine’s party at Gujarati Samaj of Atlanta

The Gujarati Samaj of Atlanta kicked off 2009 by celebrating its first Valentine’s Day party on February 14. Over 300 people attended the event.

Adults were greeted with soft music, tables lit up with candles and real flower petals in the main hall. They dined on tasteful Punjabi food prepared by Raj Bhog. President Vipul Patel introduced this year's executive team and thanked the board of governors and volunteers for their support in hosting Valentine’s Day. He also spoke about the significance of Valentine’s Day.

DJ Jasmeet then took over with games for couples, in which volunteers from the audience were asked fun questions about their spouse. When men were asked to sing one song that described their wives, a variety of songs, performed with varied levels of talent, entertained the audience. This opened up the room for “Paper Dance,” where about 22 couples were each asked to stand on half a page of newspaper and dance to the music being played. Once the music stopped, they were asked to fold the newspaper in half and continue dancing. Each time the music stopped and resumed, the newspaper got smaller and smaller, and as the dance progressed, many resourceful husbands ended up carrying their wives in order to be able to stand on the piece of newspaper. Winners of this contest were Nirav and Mittal Patel, who received a book titled 2002 Romantic Ideas for Couples.

After the games, the dance floor was opened up for everyone to dance the night away.

While some children joined their parents on the dance floor, others watched the movies screened for them in the children’s area and took part in activities organized for them. Many children enjoyed watching their parents do the Paper Dance, and were seen exhorting their dads to take care and “not drop Mom”! Children had pizza for dinner and ice cream from Bruster's, generously donated by Kiran Patel.

– Khyati Patel

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