Indian Student Organization to Host Diwali Celebration in usa

 MACOMB, IL – While the traditional Diwali, a five-day festival of lights that is one of the most popular

 holidays in India, was celebrated Nov. 4, Western Illinois University's Indian Student Organization (ISO)

 will host a Diwali event on the WIU-Macomb campus Saturday, Nov. 13, which is open only to current

50 WIU faculty, staff and students, to celebrate and learn more about the annual Hindu festival.

Indian Student Organization to Host Diwali Celebration in usa

Diwali, or Deepawali, gets its name from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means "row of clay lamps."

 Many people in India will light these lamps outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects

 them from spiritual darkness, in tune with a holiday that is an ode to the triumph of good over evil.

The event at WIU, which will be held in the University Union Heritage Room, will take place from 5-7
 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, and will feature songs, decor and entertainment. Facial coverings are required. A

 dinner will also be held at 7 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. To follow protocols, the dinner is limited to

 50 guests at time (WIU faculty, staff and students only). The menu will include such items as Mutton

 Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, mutton curry, chicken curry, paneer curry, roti, white rice,
 tomato curry, sambar, vegetable noodles, vegetable Manchuria and traditional sweets.

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