Millburn-Short Hills Desi Club (MSHDC) is an organization dedicated to the celebration of Indian heritage and traditions. Located in Short Hills, New Jersey, residents of the township as well as their friends from elsewhere have joined us to celebrate various festivals and other events for many years.
'Desi' is a Hindi word that has loosely come to mean 'people from back home' or Indians, and by extension, people from the South Asian sub-continent.
The idea for the organization came from the desire of a few families to introduce their children to the traditional manner in which various Indian festivals were celebrated when these adults were growing up in India. While all of us celebrated the festivals at home in our own individual ways, we missed celebrating with the community in larger gatherings, especially for festivals like Holi. The word spread and, before too long, attendance had grown to include a sizeable portion of the Indian community in Millburn-Short Hills. Over the years, residents of different religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds have joined us in these celebrations. MSHDC has now become an integral part of the township events.
Since that first Holi celebration together, the group has now expanded its celebrations to include the Harvest Festival (Pongal/Sankranti/Bihu/Lohri), Indian Independence Day, Navratri, Diwali, and many others.
All of the MSHDC events are made possible by the community volunteers who dedicate countless hours to planning and execution. With the Indian community of Millburn-Short Hills and the Greater Essex County area expanding every day, we stay committed to garnering enthusiastic participation for all of our events. If you or anyone you know is new to the area, please feel free to refer them to this website or sign up for the mailing list for our forthcoming events.