"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
"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.