DIWALI CELEBRATIONS IN HBNU
Diwali is a Hindu festival of light celebrated annually which spiritually signifies light prevailing over darkness, good over evil, knowledge ove ignorance and hope over despair. It has a 5-day celebration period.
This year fell on the 31st October and students of HBNU were not left out of the celebration as there are religious Hindu students on campus the
majority from India, Nepal and South Africa. Due to the medical college of HBNU having a really tight schedule the students could only celebrate
for two days.
The first day the head of the Hindu faithful’s made sure the students had a general cleaning of their hostel rooms as it was one of the traditions
after which Diya’s were lit to start the celebrations. Lots of sweets were shared amongst themselves and Puja(prayer)was made. The following
day was the much awaited Diwali feast and talent show which was held at the “Annex B of Zhangjiakou International Hotel”. All religious groups
were invited and they all turned up in their great numbers to support their colleagues. Everyone present was nicely dressed in elegant and
extravagant clothes, it was magnificent. The program was behind schedule but I would say it was worth the wait. It started off with
Puja(prayer) and Diwali was explained to the understanding of all the guest present, after which the MC’s of the program voiced out the
beginning of the talent show. Students applauded after each performance as they were all breath taking performances which portrayed cultures
of the Nepali and India and also in-depth knowledge of Hindu religion. Latter part of program was the feast which comprised of Intercontinental
and Local cuisines.
All was done, we were to be awed when we outside to be welcomed by majestic firework display to end it all. It was an event deeply ripe in
culture and diversity. Diwali in HBNU was a great spectacle.