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Diwali 2009

Diwali Lights Up Brandeis IBS

A Festival of Lights
October 23, 2009

Vibrant colors and lights, festive music, the delicious aroma of food, and joyful faces filled the World Court at the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) on October 16, as students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate Diwali, a popular Hindu holiday. The event gave students from South Asian countries an opportunity to dress in their traditional clothes and celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights. The entire IBS community was invited to partake in the joyous occasion.

The event began with rituals of worship which reflected the festival’s religious significance of the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, Diwali signifies the homecoming of Rama, the Hindu God, after his 14-year exile in the jungle and his victory over the demon, Ravana. The program also included a music performance followed by an Indian dance. These performances showcased the talents of many IBS students who were received with great acknowledgment by the cheering crowd.

The celebration featured Henna painting, Rangoli (decoration using colored powders), and a variety of authentic Indian delicacies including, Samosa (stuffed pastry), Biryani (rice-based food) and Kachori (spicy snack) which reflected the traditional Diwali spirit of enlightenment through the profusion of happiness.