Blog post and pictures by Class of 2020 students Ameya Bhattacharya and Tulika Vardhan

The word Diwali literally means “row of lights”. In Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, this festival marks the homecoming of prince Ram after defeating Ravana in the mythical legend ‘Ramayana’ and celebrates good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

On Sunday, 27 October, members of the Darden community came together to celebrate Diwali by making beautiful Rangoli designs using colored sand to bring good luck to the occasion. Professor Raj Venkatesan explained the story of Ramayana and lit the Diwali lamp. Bollywood music, dancing and a festive dinner marked the rest of the evening.

The Darden South Asia Society (DSAS) hosted the celebration, with help from Darden’s Office of Student Affairs and Center for Global Initiatives. For more fun pictures of the event, follow DSAS on Instagram @darden_southasiasociety.

Students create Rangoli designs to celebrate Diwali at Darden