Sundar Shadi Holiday Display returning to Moeser hillside

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Sundar Shadi Holiday Display returns to Moeser hillside
Photo courtesy of Sundar Shadi Holiday Display organizers.

By Kathy Chouteau

It’s on! The full Sundar Shadi Holiday Display will soon be up on its El Cerrito hillside location after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus and last year’s partial showing.

The display was first put up in an empty lot in 1949, then moved to the more prominent hillside location that everyone enjoys at 7501 Moeser Ln. in El Cerrito near Seaview. It includes many of the late Sundar Shadi’s paper mache animals and features an angel, three wise men, camels, a multitude of sheep and other animals, buildings and a large star spread out across the hillside overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Shadi hailed from Chak Shadi in Punjab, India and died in 2002 at age 101, according to The Mirror, The Richmond Museum Association’s newsletter.

Today, volunteers carry out his holiday legacy and are needed to make the El Cerrito display a reality. If you can help, please call 510-235-1315. To learn more about the display, click here.