Hindu Student Council celebrates Diwali

The Hindu Student Council hosted their sixth annual Diwali Dhamaka, titled “Let’s All Unite to Light Up the Night”, at the Blind Duck Pub on Friday night.

Diwali Dhamaka is a cultural event. It includes a three-course meal, raffle draws, live performances, bands, an open dance floor, and a lot more. Over 550 people attended the event.

This year the band Saad & Ahsan and the UTM Music Club entertained the crowd with live band performances. There were also eight other performances, which included singing and dancing.

Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in India, is a five-day celebration of light. In Hinduism, Diwali is the celebration of Rama’s victorious return from his battle with Ravana, and the inner light that overpowers evil. It is celebrated across India and the rest of the world.

While Diwali is particularly important to Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, the HSC made sure to welcome everyone to their event. As the event tagline suggests, HSC’s main goal is to make a difference in the UTM community by organizing events where people from different cultures can get together and enjoy a night of love, celebration, appreciation, and diversity.

Deep Saini, UTM’s principal, attended the event with his wife. After making his way up to the stage, he said that he was incredibly proud of the attendees and youth across Canada working to build a Canadian identity and a multicultural society that celebrates our common humanity.

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