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Diwali Celebration

Diwali Celebration is one of the most celebrated events around the world. Diwali, otherwise known as the festival of lights, is celebrated in Autumn. The holiday signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. The festival activities and rituals typically extend over a five day period. Hindus dress up in their best outfits, light small clay lamps and participate in prayers to goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of fertility, wealth and prosperity.  Diwali is a major holiday in South Asia, and celebrated by 3 million people in the USA.

The Asian American Cultural Center partners with University of Illinois dining in presenting an annual Diwali-themed dinner, which includes traditional South Asian food and desserts, and encourages student groups to perform as well as interact with students about the holiday as well. 

Diwali: Festival of Lights!
Theme Dinner Collaboration with University Dining
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - Ikenberry Commons, ISR, LAR
Activities from 5pm-6:30pm
Facebook event:

-RSO Affiliate Diwali Events-

The Indian Graduate Student Association is holding their annual lighting of the Quad, where they fill the entire Main Quad with lights to represent the diyas, or the lights, of Diwali. The event will take place October 30th from 6-10pm and more details can be found here:



For all who are celebrating, the Hindu Temple and Cultural Society of Central Illinois will be hosting a prayer service, or the Sri Maha Laxmi Pooja on November 14th. For more information, here is their event site:


Previous Diwali Celebrations 


The Indian Student Association will be hosting Garba Raas Bhangra 2019 on Oct. 25th 6pm-9:30pm at ARC MP6. Bring your i-card for FREE admission to a night full of dancing with the entire Urbana-Champaign community! Details about can be found here: