Diwali, the Festival of Lights


Date: November 1st, 2013

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: The Open House

What is Diwali?

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, and is one of the only festivals that is celebrated in all parts of India. Mythology states that Prince Ram, the heir to the throne of Ayodhya, and the favorite of his father, King Dashratha, was unfairly exiled from his kingdom by one of the  King’s other queens in an attempt to place her own son, Bharat, on the throne. After 14 years of journey through forests, ravines, valleys and battling the worst demons, Ram finally returned to Ayodhya to become rightful King. Lamps were lit along the path that King Ram walked to show that the path of Ram would bring light and joy. The day of the celebration signifies the glorious return of King Ram.  In modern India, this festival is celebrated by families getting together, lighting lamps, decorating their homes with light, bursting many colorful firecrackers, and eating gourmet dishes. It is one of the brightest and most colorful festivals of India, and is celebrated all throughout India despite the large differences that reside within this large country.

For more information email Harshida Pancholi (pancho_h1@denison.edu)

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Emily H.

Hello! My name is Emily Henson and I am the Program Coordinator for the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement at Denison University. I graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2013 with degrees in International Studies and Latin American Studies with minors in Spanish and Portuguese.

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