The Indian festival of Lights, Diwali marks a new year on the Hindu calendar signifying the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. As a part of Indian tradition, guests are invited by family and friends for a grand celebration on Diwali. This year, the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) at UONM hosted a Diwali celebration on Thursday the 22nd of November 2018 at the Great Hall in the UONM Trent building. The event was hosted with majestic grandeur where their guests, being UONM students were invited to a night full of fun music, dance, games and food!
It was a night of glitz and glamour as all the ladies were adorned in beautiful ethnic Indian wear such as sarees and salwar-kameez while the gentlemen looked dashing in their kurtas. The night kick-started with some energetic Bollywood dance performances, followed by some amazing singing performances. All the boys and girls also grooved to various Bollywood songs ranging from contemporary to classic romantic numbers, followed by a final performance where the audience was encouraged to join in and shake a leg together! Members of the ICS also organised a Bingo game wherein three lucky guests had the chance to win amazing gifts and prizes.
After the performances, the guests were escorted to the entrance of the Trent building for a surprise firework display, to mark the perfect ending to a fun-filled night that was truly a visual treat for all. Of course, the most awaited part of the Diwali celebration was the food! Everyone including the performers enjoyed the rest of the night with some Indian delicacies for dinner with their friends such as the most loved Biryani and fish cutlet which were some of the mouth-watering dishes served for dinner. The night would have been incomplete without some great photos to cherish the festive moments, so both the hosts and guests captured the many candid moments together through some great pictures.
The celebration of festivals like Diwali truly resemble the unity among our diverse student body at UNMC, and this was evident within the Indian Cultural Society where every member, performer and volunteer collaborated to create a successful event, ranging from the late-night rehearsals to the decorations for the event. Their common motive was that all guests should break free from the inevitable stress of assignment and exams for a few hours and experience the Indian culture! After all, what is any Indian festival without some good music, dance and food?
By: Raga Ramakrishnan