The Asian Culture Club hosted a Diwali dinner to celebrate the Hindu festival of light on Saturday, Oct. 21, an annual tradition open to all students. The meal began with students of Indian origin sharing personal anecdotes of the significance of Diwali. Students told stories of how they celebrate the festival back home with family and friends, particularly the ritual of family prayers to Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the god of prosperity and good luck, underscoring the spiritual aspect of Diwali. The rangoli (colorful pattern on the floor) and diyas (earthen lamps) are symbols of festivity for the occasion and represent the renewal of the human spirit by praying for virtues of wisdom, contentment, and humility.
"The important part of the celebration at Hotchkiss is that it is open to the entire student body and most attendees are not of Indian origin," said Instructor in Physics Anju Taneja, who helped organize the event.