(Photo courtesy of Indian Graduate Student Association)
(Photo courtesy of Indian Graduate Student Association)

By LAURA CLARK, News Editor

Indian celebrations and traditions came to the University of Michigan-Dearborn for students to celebrate last Saturday, courtesy of the Indian Graduate Student Association, which hosted its traditional Diwali night.

Diwali, an annual celebration in India known as a “festival of lights”, is a time where friends and families come together and celebrate with food, dancing, fireworks, and other festivities.

“Diwali is an elaborate spread of food, sweets, traditional delicacies, gambling, family get togethers, and fireworks–which is the highlight,” said Shwetha Jagdish, a member of the Diwali party planning committee.

As well as IGSA, the event was also organized by members of the GLOBE association. “It took about two and a half weeks to organize the event,” said Shashank Vijay, President of the IGSA.

One of the events of the night included a Rangoli competition. Rangoli is the art of laying colored sand in a pattern. The winner was the group with the best Rangoli.

There was also a Dhoti wearing competition, which showed how to tie a traditional Indian garment, and afterward, traditional singing and dancing followed by open dancing to Indian music.

Diwali took place on November 13 in India.