Indian Culture and Language Club is back with another event. This time, members invite the Penn State community to celebrate Diwali with them on November 6.
ICCL President Shashwat Shekhar said Diwali – which is also known as the Festival of Lights – is one of India’s most famous festivals.
âWe are celebrating this auspicious occasion with an evening filled with a musical performance by Jay Sean, traditional Indian food and a Bollywood DJ,â said Shekhar (senior IT).
Amisha Chander, president of public relations for the ICLC, also said that the ICLC provides a home for students who cannot visit their families during Diwali.
âWe’re trying to have different bands play and show off all the talent that’s here on campus and then move on to our Artist of the Year, Jay Sean, where he will perform some of his hits, and everyone can enjoy it. “Chander (second year -finance) said.
Chander said that Diwali is important in Hindu culture because “it stems from one of the epics which demonstrates the victory of good over evil”, and they revere those mentioned in the story.
The story of Diwali involves the deities Ram and Laxman working alongside the Hindu god Hanuman, “who personifies bravery and selflessness,” to save the kidnapped Sita from King Ravana, according to Chander.
âUltimately, after a hard battle, Lord Ram succeeds and is able to bring Sita back, and everyone is celebrating the victory of good over evil,â Chander said. âAs celebrations we decorate our homes, buy gifts, put up tons of lights to welcome them home, pray and eat lots of great food. “
Shekhar said the ICCL started selling tickets for the event from Wednesday and that there were a limited number of tickets for this event.
According to Shekar, tickets cost $ 10 for Penn State students and $ 15 for everyone else. The club sells tickets at the HUB-Robeson Center or through its Instagram.
The event will begin at 8 p.m. in the HUB Alumni Hall, and the club will be posting more updates on their Instagram leading up to the event.
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