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[India] Diwali Dinner - Festival of Light at BU

"Join HSC for a night of Diwali stories, bhajans and a full complimentary Indian dinner." Diwali is a five day festival of light in Hindu calendar celebrated between mid-October and mid-November.

Public Event · By BU Hindu Students Council

lDiwali Dinner 2012

"For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BCE.

The name "Diwali" or "Divali" is a contraction of "Deepavali" [दीपावली Dīpāvalī], which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil sprits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (clay lamps) and by bursting firecrackers." Wikipedia

Direction: How to get to Colloquium Room (9th Floor, Room 906): BU Photonics Center

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Subway: Take the Green line Westbound B train and exit at BU Central (beyond Kenmore Square stop). Walk up St. Mary’s street away from Marsh Plaza one half block. The Photonics Center will be on your left.
Bus: Exit bus #57 at St. Mary’s Street. It runs along Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore square, Brighton Avenue through Union Square, and Cambridge Street through Brighton Center.

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  • megumi

    I enjoyed the music and dinner with other people. Thank you Dinesh!

    November 18, 2012

  • DINESH

    Hello again,
    So far we have 71 people signed up. Thats Great !! :)
    Looking forward to meet old friends and new buddies :)

    ALSO, THERE WILL BE OTHER PEOPLE TOO ATTENDING THIS EVENT APART FROM MEETUP WORLD.

    SO, I AM ASSUMING THAT THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND NOT SURE TO HOW MANY PEOPLE THE EVENT ORGANIZERS CAN SERVE DINNER TO.

    So, if at all there is a situation where some of us don't get to have dinner at the event, let's have a back up plan of going to a near by Indian Restaurant (whoever is interested) :)

    There is one Indian Restaurant [@ 484 Commonwealth Ave, Boston] where we can go which is 10 minutes away if we take Green line towards Boston and 6 minutes by driving.

    AGAIN, THIS IS JUST A BACK UP PLAN :)

    November 17, 2012

  • DINESH

    Hi Everyone, please notice the directions above (by the end of Details section) to get to the venue. Also on the day of event, if you need any assistance after reaching the venue, you can reach out to Noelle O'Brien or me.
    Thanks Noelle :)

    I will send out my contact number a day before the event to everyone planning to attend in case you need any information.

    November 15, 2012

  • Alexandra H.

    Hi Dinesh! Just joined this event and am excited. This is my first event with this group and am wondering where to meet up with folks. Is there a meeting area and at what time? I feel like I should wear a big name tag since I went to another meet up group and never found them. Big bummer.

    November 14, 2012

    • DINESH

      Hi Alexandra, Welcome to the Group :) I am sure you will have good time with this meetup. Regarding Diwali event, we are not going to meet prior to the event but Me and one of the other members will be there at the door to welcome our guys. I will also post the directions tomorrow. Also, I will bring the Meetup Sign & Name Tags so that we can write our names and will be easy to find the other group members. So, no worries...... Just bring yourself :)

      1 · November 14, 2012

  • DINESH

    Guys.... as per parking, I am informed that it is public parking and the closest parking spaces will be on St. Mary's Street and on Commonwealth Avenue, and there is also a parking garage near the building but that might be a little expensive. Unfortunately, the event hosts cannot provide passes to all attendees for the BU Parking lots as that is not permitted :(

    They are planning to serve dinner around 8 pm and the event lasts until 9pm or may prolong a little more.

    November 13, 2012

  • *Omama M.

    Anyone who has been trying to contact me and I haven't responded back, I apologize. My phone is messed up, getting a new one tomorrow. So text me tomorrow or email me with your contact info at: [masked]. sorry for the inconvenience.

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is there a ticket? if yes, how much?

    November 13, 2012

    • DINESH

      There is no ticket for this event. It is free.

      November 13, 2012

  • DINESH

    Hi Everyone,
    Here is a little more information about the event - there will be "Bhajanas" which is singing about god/festival, narration of stories explaining the concept of Diwali, the significance of various days on which Diwali is celebrated and it's role in few other religions in India.
    There will be a complimentary Indian dinner too.

    Will see you everyone on Sunday :)

    November 12, 2012

    • Tatiana

      Thank you, Dinesh, for the information. Any more info about parking and were the facilities are located?

      November 12, 2012

    • DINESH

      Hi Tatiana, I am trying to get that information too and will update once I get to know.

      November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i was living in HYD, for 2 years, and i remembered DIWALI CELEBRATIONS, a lot of CRACKERS, Lights !!!

    November 12, 2012

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