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USD Hosts 2nd Annual Diwali Celebration

Diwali Celebration USD's Center for Diversity and Community will host its annual Diwali celebration Nov. 3 at the Muenster University Center.

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.”

USD Diwali Celebration

One World: USD students and faculty celebrate the Hindu "festival of lights."


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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