One of India’s most important festivals, Diwali, will be celebrated at Missouri University of Science and Technology with a cultural show and an authentic Indian dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3. Popularly known as the festival of lights, Diwali represents the triumph of good over evil. The annual event is sponsored by Missouri S&T’s India Association, an Indian student organization.
Tickets for Diwali Night 2013 will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Havener Center and in front of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Tickets are also available from the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in the vestibule inside the main entrance to Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, facing 10th Street. Dinner tickets are $10 and show tickets are $4. Get your tickets early as they go quickly for this event.
The festival will begin with a cultural show featuring traditional Indian dances at 4 p.m. in Leach Theatre. The dinner will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali,” meaning row of lamps. Houses and shops are illuminated by earthenware oil lamps called “diyas,” which are placed in windows, doors and outside of buildings. The festival includes feasts, fireworks and prayers for a prosperous year ahead.