Jaiman Shah reports on a memorable Festival of Lights celebration for Diwali in Singapore.
After two regular annual events – International Day and Oktoberfest, it was Diwali which brought out the regional flavour in the NUS MBA program.
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights celebrated to mark the beginning of Hindu New Year. For Indians, it was a feeling of home away from home while for we introduced our culture to our batch mates. So much so that, Karla, our friend from Philippines, turned up in a red-n-black saree to celebrate Diwali in the authentic Indian style.
What does an NUS Diwali look like? The NUS MBA Blog celebrates the Festival of Lights 2007.
Diwali was celebrated at NUS on December 10th. We, @ NUS, ensured that it was a celebration not only for the Indians in the cohort, but also for the cohort as a whole. We lit up the room with little deepas, the flame protruding from them flickering in the breeze. Urmila and Gagan, first year MBA students, created a beautiful rangoli in the room. Arindham, another member of our first year student community, recited prayers in Sanskrit. After the pooja, we distributed Prasad and sweets. The experience of explaining about Indian culture to our foreign students was fascinating. They were full of questions – ‘Why lamps? Why so many gods? Why Prasad?’. Honestly, some of their questions made me think as well. It took me back to the basics of our ancient culture.