Des Moines University celebrates Diwali

DMU students, faculty and staff took part in the University’s annual celebration of Diwali on November 21. More than 360 people were treated to authentic Indian cuisine, music and dance. First-, second- and third-year students donned traditional Indian garb and worked the runway in a fashion show. The event was organized by the Multicultural Affairs Student Advisory Committee (MASAC) to educate members of the DMU community about Indian culture.

Diwali is India’s biggest holiday and is traditionally celebrated in October or November each year to mark the last harvest before winter. Known as the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali gets its name from the clay lamps Indians place outside their homes to symbolize the the victory of light over darkness or good over evil.

“Diwali was a great success. I’ve never been more proud of my heritage!” said Priya Gupta, D.O.’17, MASAC chairperson. “Dr. Salas continues to be a great asset for the student body in expressing their beliefs and values.”

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