Diwali to take place at Union

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Indian culture will be explored in the Union Ballroom Sunday. The Ballroom will host “Diwali, The Festival of Lights,” from 6-10 p.m. The event showcases Indian music, dancing and food. DJ Khan will mix together Indian and hip-hop music.

The dinner will be prepared by University Dining Services. UDS plans to recreate a variety of traditional Indian dishes.

Diwali is the biggest event of Indian culture. It is a yearly celebration that marks King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king of Lanka. Cities were lit up with rows of lamps to welcome home the king, which is how the festival got its name.

“There are a lot of misconceptions of Indian culture,” Vinod Muthukumar, president of the Indian Student Association, said. “This is one of the best opportunities for students to come and see what Indian culture is.”

Diwali has been celebrated by the ISA for 7 years. This year’s Diwali celebration will be held on-campus for the first time. Muthukumar said Diwali is the first big event on campus for ISA. The event is expected to draw a solid turnout this year. So far over 300 tickets have been sold for the event.

The event is open to the public, and tickets, which are $6, can be purchased today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Union lobby.