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Diwali Festival to serve Indian food, culture

The Indian Student Association hosts a Diwali festival for ONU students to appreciate Indian culture. (photo/

The Indian Student Association will be hosting a Diwali Festival on Thursday, Nov 7 from 5–7 p.m. in the McIntosh Activities Room. This event is the biggest and most important holiday of the year for many in India, and for a $2 entrance fee you will have access to a piece of the celebration.

The festivity is known as Diwali or Deepavali—or "the festival of lights." It is a 5-day celebration during which small clay lamps are filled with oil and lit to represent the triumph of good over evil.

Bhavana Presanna, President of ISA, feels that it is a great opportunity to eat some good food and get to know more about a culture other than your own.

"[In the U.S.] there is often an underrepresentation of [different] cultures," she said. "Everyone knows about Christmas, whether they celebrate it or not. But not everyone knows about Diwali."

They will have a short presentation about the Festival, a lot of fun Bollywood music, and good food—authentic Indian cuisine being catered from Columbus.

"This is actually a really good deal," said Bhavana, considering a regular plate would go for over $10. And for those who can’t stand the heat, there is no need to worry, as the food won't be very spicy.

Although it is customary for fireworks to be fired at these events, ISA is going to be avoiding this procedure due to it posing a fire hazard.

Nevertheless, Bhavana and the rest of ISA invite everyone to attend.

"It’s about celebrating Indian culture," she said—increasing cultural awareness. You don't have to be Indian to appreciate that.

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