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
Monday, October 28, 2019 - Ikenberry Commons 1st Floor of the SDRP
Arts & Crafts: 5:00pm-7pm
This year the Indian Student Association will be hosting their Annual Diwali Night on November 2nd. Come to the event for a South Asian Dinner, and a great cultural show! More details can be found here: Event link TBA
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 26 and more details can be found here:https://www.facebook.com/events/369176130655182/
For all who are celebrating, the Champaign Hindu Temple will be hosting a prayer service, or the Sri Maha Laxmi Pooja on October 27th. For more information, here is their event site: http://champaignhindutemple.org/new/?page_id=14