By Danny Fisher
Sun Star Layout Editor
On Saturday, the Namaste Student Chapter of UAF hosted its annual Diwali celebration in the Wood Center Ballroom. The event, which was open to the Fairbanks community, sold out tickets for the third year in a row, a week before the event.
The event boasted cultural performances and presentations by Indian students and families from Fairbanks and the UAF campus. Arya Narayan, a UAF grad student in Petroleum Engineering, performed a traditional dance called Bharata Natyan. Classical singing and instrumental acts went on throughout the night. An informational presentation on the origin and meaning of Diwali was given, and guests ate traditional food.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is the celebration of the triumph of good over evil, and is an important observance in many cultures. The five-day festival originated in India, and participants clean and reorder their houses and workspaces, cook food, spend time with family, buy new things and light candles and fireworks in honor of the holiday.