Photos of the event courtesy of the Darden Photography Club

The Darden South Asia Society (DSAS) recently hosted a Diwali gathering on 14 November for the Darden community. Diwali, also called Deepavali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival enjoyed by many communities.

The socially-distanced outdoor gathering at Darden included photobooths, music, performances and a surprise appearance by Dean Scott Beardsley. Rich and savory dishes served during Diwali play a central role in the celebration, and DSAS delivered by serving boxed meals of traditional Indian food dishes during the Diwali event. Families typically prepare and share food at home with guests who come to exchange gifts, and Indian sweets are a popular item during Diwali.

Check out more photos of the event here!