Diwali, or Deepavali, or "Festival of Lights", is the biggest Indian Hindu festival that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. In north India, according to the legend, Lord Rama slew his wife Sita's kidnapper, the demon King Ravana, during his exile. The festival is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya. The streets through which he returned to his palace were lit with 'diyas' or small earthen lamps.In south India, according to the legend, it was the day Lord Sri Krishna defeated the demon king Narakasura. Even to this day, every home in India is illuminated with diyas during Diwali. Lakhsmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is also worshipped during Diwali. To welcome Lakshmi, people decorate their home entrances with 'rangolis', which are exquisite designs made with colors and flowers. A dazzling display of fireworks decorate the night skies, signifying the eventual victory of light over darkness. This festival is celebrated by one and all and is the true portrayal of the richness and vibrancy of Indian Hindu culture.
Diwali nite event was organized for the first time on UVM campus in 2006 and was marked by the presence of over 250 people from UVM and Greater Burlington Community. In 2011 this event was celebrated in the newly constructed Davis center and was graced by almost 500 people. Looking at the success of the past events, this time the event is being celebrated as being part of the International Education week(IEW) and will be celebrated in Billings student center. Since the maximum capacity of Billings auditorium is 200, this time we are limited by the number of people that can attend.
The program features performances from the UVM students including songs, dances and varied shows like the ones that drew tremendous appaluse from the audiences last two times. The event concludes with delicious Indian cuisine which was enjoyed by everyone to their heart's content last two times.
If you missed the previous events times and want to catch a glimpse of the old functions, then Just click on the links below.
If you are interested in finding more details about this year's Diwali Nite, then click here
.: Diwali 2013 :.
.: Diwali 2012 :.
.: Diwali 2011 :.
.: Diwali 2010 :.
.: Diwali 2009 :.
.: Diwali 2008 :.