Join UChicago's Hindu Student Sangam for our annual celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights! We'll light up Rockefeller Chapel with dance and music performances as well as a special Lakshmi puja, a Hindu ritual ceremony that worships God as an honored guest. Everyone will have a chance to light a diya (clay lamp) and to participate in the puja if you'd like! The puja will be followed by prasad, sweets that are distributed as a symbol of divine blessings.
All are welcome — if you've never experienced Diwali or a Hindu ceremony before, this is your chance! South Asian attire is encouraged.
Diwali (also known as Deepavali, Tihar, Swanti, Galungan, and Bandi Chhor Divas), is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhists all over the world. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. In the Hindu tradition, light is a symbol of divinity and truth, and on the night of Diwali Hindu homes are illuminated with tiny earthen oil lamps, called diyas.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Hindu Sangam's Diwali puja will be followed by the South Asian Student Association's Diwali dinner and celebration on November 10th, in Hutchinson Commons.