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WIU Indian Student Organization to Host Diwali Night Oct. 30 for WIU Faculty, Staff & Students

October 26, 2022

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MACOMB, IL – While the traditional Diwali, a five-day festival of lights that is one of the most popular holidays in India, was celebrated Oct. 24, Western Illinois University's Indian Student Organization (ISO) will host a Diwali event on the WIU-Macomb campus Sunday, Oct. 30, which is open free to the public, to celebrate and learn more about the annual Hindu festival.

Diwali, or Deepawali, gets its name from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means "row of clay lamps." Many people in India will light these lamps outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness, in tune with a holiday that is an ode to the triumph of good over evil.

The event at WIU, which will be held in the University Union Heritage Room, will take place from 4-10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, and will feature music and entertainment, food, activities and more.

More than 250 Indian students attend WIU.

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