Diwali Celebration to be held this Sunday

Kaitlyn Jorgensen
Staff Writer

The MNSU Student Association of India will be hosting a Diwali Celebration, also called the “Festival of Lights,” on Sunday, Nov. 4.

They will be hosting a dinner with delicious Indian cuisine at the Hosanna Highland Campus and Community Church from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Following the dinner, guests will then gather in Ostrander Auditorium for live performances and a Bollywood dance party!

Everyone is invited and encouraged to wear traditional clothes. The dinner is sold out, however, everyone is still invited to attend the performances in Ostrander.

Traditionally celebrated in autumn, Diwali is a celebration that has been practiced by followers of Hinduism for over 2,500 years.

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance,” thus where the name “Festival of Lights” comes from. A national celebration in India, Diwali typically spans five days.

The Student Association of India is a group whose mission is to promote culture and traditions of India at MNSU, and in Mankato.

Some other events they host around campus are campus screenings of Bollywood movies, free meditation classes and dance workshops. In the past, they have hosted the beloved World’s Got Talent festivities.

Feature photo courtesy of Student Association of India Facebook page.

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