Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated with great happiness all over India and around the world. Diwali is also known as “Deepavali” which means “row of lights,” row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. “Festival of lights” celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment.
It’s a Christmas, of sorts, for Indians, a time for family gatherings, dressing in their best traditional outfits, organizing feasts, and exchanging gifts. We enjoy decorating our homes with fancy lights, candles, and “dia” lamps, making rangoli (artwork from dry powder), and burning firecrackers.
'Why it’s Important’
Planning the University’s Diwali celebration was a rollercoaster ride. From countless hours of planning to the actual action, it involved lots of learning, time management, keeping a positive attitude, and a team effort. Even with all the overlapping midterms, classes, and internship work, it felt like a breeze with such great support from Jason Howell, coordinator for student engagement. ISC secretary Yash Malhotra ’23 M.S. did a tremendous job showcasing awaited dance performances and taking care of the participation – from singing and dancing to rangoli making.
I am happy the University’s Diwali celebration was a hit, and that everyone enjoyed the event to the fullest. The celebration is one of the biggest events ISC plans during the academic year, and everyone looks forward to it!
Celebrating the festival with our Charger family creates an inclusive environment and a rich experience for students from different cultures to enjoy and learn the rich heritage of India, an all-embracing confluence of religions and traditions.