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    South Asian students celebrate Diwali

    Photo courtesy of Rohit Venuturupalli (’21)
    Rohit Venuturupalli (’21) celebrates Diwali Nov. 14 by lighting candles. Members of the South Asian community observed Diwali over five days and participated in the traditions it entailed.

    Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, lasts five days beginning Nov. 12. The main day of celebrations took place Nov. 14. Some Diwali traditions include lighting lanterns and candles, making rangoli designs and setting off fireworks.

    Indian student and President of the South Asia Club Tarika Roy (’21) said that she enjoys celebrating Diwali.

    “It celebrates the light, and what we’re grateful for and like those kinds of things,” she said. “It’s a very happy festival and time of year. ”

    Furthermore, people celebrating Diwali usually visit their relatives and indulge in a large family meal. Roy said the celebration looked different this year due to the pandemic.

    “Usually Diwali is a great time to be with extended family,” she said. “However, due to COVID this year, it couldn’t be as big as usual.”

    To explain the festival in more detail, the South Asia Club put up a display in the Orange staircase. Roy said the aim of the display was to unite and bring attention to an important holiday celebrated by many South Asian members of the community.

    “It was just meant to be there and bring in some festivity and allow people from the South Asian community to feel like their cultures and traditions were being acknowledged,” she said.

    Roy also said that clubs play a crucial role in promoting a safe cultural environment on campus.

    “It’s great that cultural clubs are allowed to express themselves, and be proud, safe and comfortable with what they celebrate,” she said.

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    Sajah Ali
    Sajah Ali, Sports Editor: Online
    Sajah Ali (’22) is the Sports Editor: Online for The Standard. This is her third year as a part of the newspaper, and she enjoys writing on a variety of topics specifically in the News, Sports and Opinions sections. She likes journalism because it gives her the opportunity to learn more about the ASL community and inform others at the same time. Outside of The Standard, she enjoys playing soccer, participating in the Social Justice Council, and mentoring kids in the SHINE program. 

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