November 4, 2013
Diwali Festival of Lights and Cultural Celebration
Presented by The Center for India Studies, the Faculty Student Association (FSA) and Campus Dining Services
Diwali is a national holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guyana, and many other countries. It is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. Celebrants wear new clothes through the festival and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.
To make Stony Brook’s event a genuine representation of Diwali, guests will be able to participate in the tradition of devotional worship of the Lakshmi, the Indian Goddess of wealth and prosperity, at the Wang Center Chapel, followed by a tea light (Diya) procession.
After the light procession, Curry Kitchen at Jasmine will prepare a delicious traditional vegetarian dinner including two appetizers, six entrees, salad, two desserts and beverages. For many Indians, Diwali is a meatless holiday. The food is vegetarian, as nonviolence (ahimsa) is a principles of major Indian religions and by not killing an animal to the make the meal, is considered pure. Guests will also be able to enjoy performances by Stony Brook Bhangra and a live DJ.November 4, 2013, 6 pm, Jasmine