Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus
The Schoolcraft College Asian Student Association and the Detroit Indian Women’s Association (DIWA) invite people of all faiths to the Diwali Celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, in the VisTaTech Center.
“Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus,” said Dr. Anna Maheshwari, English Professor and Department Chair. “The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. On this day, it is believed that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, blesses homes that are brightly lit with lamps.”
Dr. Maheshwari said Diwali also is officially the new year for Hindus.
“People wear new clothes and adults and children light fire crackers until late into the night,” she said. “Children get cash and other gifts from their elders and the homes are filled with celebrations and good food.” For more information, please contact Dr. Maheshwari by phone at 248-345-5313 or by email at [email protected] or Alka Srivastava, Vice President/Treasurer of DIWA, at 734-748-2035.