Happy Diwali to all

Diwali 2017: India celebrating festival of lights

Students truly were in a jolly mood, enjoying the buffet of Indian food being served.

"The Festival of Diwali carries great and varying religious and cultural significance among the several sects of Hinduism, with the universal message being that of good triumphing over evil".

"It can be hard (being away from India), every one of us do miss home, even though we say we have a second home here far away - we still miss home, so we plan on getting as busy into the festival's time just to not feel the pain", said Rupa Bandi, 19, a third-year student at CBU who is originally from southern India.

An ancient Hindu festival in Nepal and India, Diwali, the "Festival of Lights", is celebrated in autumn or spring every year. It is said that when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, the people decorated the entire village with lamps and also burst crackers to welcome Lord Rama. We pray for light and good to always defeat evil and darkness. We also decorate our houses with handsome flowers and a lot of diyas to welcome her home. "Families, friends, colleagues come together to share candies typically which is a sign of expressing love and affection towards those who are close to you." says Senior Associate of the ICA, Jaini Chhaya.

The Festival of Lights or Diwali is India's biggest festival that is celebrated the world over.

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The courtyard was lit with LED candles lined across the whole perimeter. The food available included prata, rice, samosas, chicken items, masala and some Indian candies. First, Varsha Vaddiraj played the classical Indian instrument of the Sitar.

The entertainment provided by the students included live music, a fashion show and dance performances.

Many students were attired in brightly-colored garments such as sarees and kurtas. He has paid tributes to hard work and intellect of students and their headmistress and added that the school has brought laurels home by winning the worldwide award.

"It is important that regardless of religion we all take time to reflect on the light in our lives and what we can do to make that light shine brighter", he said.

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