VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Center for Diversity and Community celebrates the four days of Diwali this week, which is the Hindu festival of lights.
The overall theme is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness. USD introduced its own Diwali celebration last year and its success has led to an annual event.
“Diwali is a very important celebration in India and everybody looks forward to it. All the houses are lit up with lamps and families get together to light fireworks, eat good food and enjoy each other’s company,” said Meera Venkatachalam, Ph.D., associate director of the honors program at USD.
“When you are far away from your family and you miss them, celebrations are a great way of getting together as a community. Celebrating at USD is very special because now we are sharing a festival we enjoy and helping create new connections. If we all celebrate these wonderful cultural celebrations together, it increases the understanding of each other’s cultures and we care more for each other.”