Submitted by Sunitha Vijiyasingam, Co-Chair of the Social & Cultural Club
Being a part of an international cohort of MBA students, fellow Indian classmates and I had the opportunity to share a part of our culture with the rest of the cohort – Diwali, otherwise known as Festival of Lights.
By a stroke of sheer luck, the festival fell just after a very busy first trimester and immediately after our last paper. We gathered together to celebrate Diwali and Oktoberfest on 21 October. Diwali is an extremely important festival in India – Deepavali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights that’s marked by a few days of celebration. In each story of Diwali, the underlying significance is the triumph of good over evil; from darkness into light.
After an explanation by Vishal about the essence of Deepavali, the group enjoyed a tasty Indian dinner and as with all Indian functions the evening ended with some dancing to both Bollywood and Western tunes.
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