three diya lampsA lighting of traditional diyas Monday in the student centre will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights.

Lighting ceremony Monday to celebrate Diwali

The campus community is invited to join in a celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, at noon Monday, Oct. 24, in the student centre Commons.

The campus event is organized by the Belonging, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (BIDE) Institute, a student-led platform for underrepresented and marginalized groups.

The holiday is a major festival for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Newar Buddhists around the world, commemorating different historical events and stories for each faith.

“It celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and spiritual enlightenment,” says organizer Anumita Jain, a third-year student of behaviour, cognition, and neuroscience. “I am excited that we are actively embracing and celebrating our diversity.”

Following remarks, attendees will have a chance to light a symbolic diya, or small clay oil lamp.

A dinner and dance will continue the celebrations on Friday, Oct. 28. The event will feature a traditional feast, Bollywood music, dancing, and henna. All UWindsor students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through eventbrite.

Jain encourages attendees of both events to dress up in cultural clothing of their choice: “It’s optional but welcomed.”