Diwali: Festival of Lights!
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.
This year the Indian Student Association will be hosting their Annual Diwali Show on October 21st from 7:00 to 9:30pm at Lincoln Hall. Come to the event for a South Asian Dinner, and a great cultural show! More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458842264150985/
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 21st, and more details can be found here : https://www.facebook.com/events/1893824237295192/
For all those who are celebrating, the Champaign Hindu Temple will be hosting a prayer service, or the Maha Laxmi Pooja on October 18th & October 21st. For more information, here is their event site: http://champaignhindutemple.org/new/