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Students celebrate Indian Festival of Lights tonight in Gallagher Theater

Third annual celebration focuses on different cultural traditions within India


The third annual Diwali Festival of Lights takes place tonight, Monday, Nov. 5, at the Gallagher Student Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. “Diwali: A Journey Through India” includes cultural enrichment, traditional dance and a full Indian buffet.

Tickets are $5 for Xavier students; however students can purchase tickets and a South Asian Society T-shirt for $12. The first 100 students who buy tickets also receive a free CD of traditional Indian dance music. The event is open to the public, with tickets available the day of the performance for $10.

This year Diwali celebrates the different cultural traditions surrounding this event within India. Students will be taken on a simulated journey from Northern to Southern India, while participating members of the South Asian Society perform dance and prayers associated with that region. Students that visit Northern India will have a chance to see the lighting of the Golden Temple, which marks a significant tradition in the November festivity.

The observance of Diwali also includes traditional dances performed by students in the South Asian Society.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to or call Dhwani Mehta at 248 207-5655.