A taste of India in Lititz Springs Park

By on July 11, 2018


Five-year-olds (left to right) Manak, Krishna, and Neel visited the face painting booth together. (Photos by Sarah Hummer)

The sun shone brightly on this year’s Mela the local Indian-American Fusion Festival on July 7 at Lititz Springs Park.

Joyful, vibrantly dressed dancers and vendors thrilled locals and tourists who made their way down to the main stage and surrounding area that glittered with beautiful clothing, jewelry, and decor.

Delectable entrees and sides sold out fast; a few vendors were sold out of chicken entrees before 5 p.m.

Singing and dancing filled the day with music and mesmerizing performances.

More than 30 tourists walked up from the Lititz Museum down to the park after hearing about the event. Locals streamed in throughout the day at a steady pace.

It was the perfect day to be out in downtown Lititz.

Sarah Hummer is a freelance correspondent and photographer who enjoys attending and reporting on local festivities. She may be reached at hummersarahj@hotmail.com

Andrew Martin, 20, gets a gold henna hand tattoo from Ruchi Patel or Mechanicsburg.


Madiha Qureshi did henna art on individuals and on inanimate objects, which she sold at Mela.


Priyam Chauhan, 13, lives in West Chester.


Youth and adults performed a variety of musical and dance numbers at Mela


One Comment


    July 13, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Mela this yr – 2018 was an utter disaster. Poor organization ruled the day. Substandard performances were the order of the day. Between acts there were huge gaps as several of the regular performers had pulled out. The performers only used the extreme right side of the stage, something to do with the sound system? No local Americans(white/black/Hispanics) were seen among the participants.
    For lack of entertainers they relied on a Har Krishna group as fill-ins. They performed for nearly an hour chanting, ‘Hare Krishna’ but dancing to no particular rhythm. It was noticed a smatter of whites on the edges of the audience were seen leaving. The skeleton audience of Indians were mainly family come to support the performers.
    There were far fewer vendors than previous years and there were not many takers at the food stall.
    To observers it was mainly a religious Hindoo worship assembly held in a public park .

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