Diwali comes to Elon University

Multimedia Reporting by Erin Valentine

Diwali is the largest holiday celebrated in India and it marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is the Festival of Lights.

Lights outside of Numen Lumen,  Photo by Erin Valentine

Lights outside of Numen Lumen,
Photo by Erin Valentine

At an event sponsored by The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life on Tuesday, Elon University students and faculty celebrated Diwali.

“I thought I would see what it was all about,” said Elon freshman Katie Condon. Condon also stated that she was most looking forward to seeing the lights.

Began celebration with a prayer to Ganesh, god of beginnings. Ganesh is widely recognized by his elephant head.

Diwali is the most important holiday in Hinduism. It symbolizes the abolishing of evil and darkness by light and good.

Shrine for the gods and goddesses, Photo by Erin Valentine

Shrine for the gods and goddesses,
Photo by Erin Valentine

“I think it’s great because I wouldn’t have been able to experience it otherwise,” said Elon freshman Danielle Brown. Brown takes Hindu Traditions at Elon and came to further her understanding of the class.

Food was provided by Taaza Bistro and also by the family of Prateek Patel, who helped coordinate the event. All of the food was vegetarian Indian cuisine.

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