A Night of Lights

Students celebrate India’s Diwali | Charles A. Ault reporter | A little bit of India came to Pittsburg State on Saturday, Nov. 1, when the Indian Student Association held its annual celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. “Those who aren’t able to go to India have an opportunity to be exposed to the culture and to celebrate our friends and family from around the world,” said Lynette Olson, provost. “I’m so pleased to be here.” Diwali is often regarded as one of the largest and most celebrated holidays in India. “I miss Diwali in India,” said Pranami Mendpara, international student. “This is my fourth semester away from home, and it is so nice being…

The festival of lights

Indian students share the celebration of Diwali with Pittsburg Kelsea Renz | managing editor Against a backdrop of colorful, sparkling saris, accompanied by classical and contemporary Indian music, the Indian exchange students showed their talents and heritage on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center during their celebration of Diwali. Every movement is deliberate, each flick of the wrist or tap of the foot full of meaning passed down through generations to convey beauty and worship to the gods and Mother Earth. This is a taste of India. This is the Festival of Lights. This is Diwali. The festival is a celebration of the return of the Hindi god…

Diwali Festival: Indian students shine light on culture

Five ladies come on stage for the last dance of the night before sending off the crowd for traditional Indian food.

Olivia Hansen | Collegio Reporter Vibrant colors, delicious food and lively music filled the atmosphere in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom at the Diwali Festival of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 10. Diwali is hosted by the PSU Indian Student Association. Traditionally, the festival is a highly anticipated celebration marked by families performing various traditional activities in their homes. “This is a festival that brings people together like family,” said Feni Amin, junior in biology. Amin, among others, modeled traditional Indian garb and danced during the program’s Bollywood medley. The Festival of Lights, in India, is traditionally celebrated to rejoice the return of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Diwali is…