The Hindu Student Association hosted a Diwali celebration in Rathskeller this Monday, October 31.
Diwali means a row of lights, and is a five-day Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The event was well attended and consisted of prayer, dance, skits, history, and Indian food. Students preformed impressive dance movements and dressed in the vivid colors of traditional Indian clothing. The HSA also conducted the aarti (a prayer to welcome in good spirits) followed by some information as to the significance of the holiday. There was a skit retelling the story of Lord Rama demonstrated a part of the northern Diwali tradition, in which the festival celebrates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom after defeating Ravana. The event ended with fire crackers and food for all.
Students were drawn to the event for a number of reasons, including an appreciation for the cultural experiences Oxford has to offer.
“I really think it’s a beautiful thing about Oxford and I feel as if everyone should come out to every cultural clubs’ events,” sophomore Destin Ede said. “The thing that I look forward to most from this event is the dances. I know they’ve worked really hard and I’m excited to see all the cool dances they are going to do.”