Posted: 10/21/22

TAMIU Celebrates Diwali Festival


Diwali Festival

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) returned to its long-cherished tradition of celebrating its Diwali Festival Monday, Oct. 24 in the Student Center Courtyard from 5 - 7 p.m.

Organized by TAMIU's Office of International Engagement, Diwali Festival participants had an opportunity to learn and get a taste of the annual festival through the sampling of Indian cuisine.

There werelig hts, a photobooth, music, henna tattoos and bindis, or colored stickers worn on the center of the forehead, for participants to take.

As part of the celebration, Dr. Emily Vanchella, TAMIU visiting lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences, department of Fine and Performing Arts, played Indian music on the sitar.

Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights," is a holiday widely celebrated across South Asia and the Hindu Diaspora, explained Yamel Muzquiz, TAMIU director of International Engagement.

“The word ‘Diwali’ derives from Sanskrit and means ‘rows of lamps”’to symbolize the victory of good over evil, inner light over spiritual darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate life,” Muzquiz said.

"The Office of International Engagement aims to promote amongst our community members, an understanding of their individual identity and an appreciation of  the identities and perspectives of others," she noted, "We celebrate Diwali to encourage global engagement and bring together students of all backgrounds. The Diwali celebration is a paragon example of breaking down cultural barriers and celebrating the diverse global traditions of our international students."

Muzquiz concluded, "To our students, families and friends, we hope that this festival of lights brings peace, prosperity, success, health, and an abundance of love and happiness. Happy Diwali!"

For more information, please contact Shama Ali, associate director, Office of International Engagement, at 956.326.2282, email international@tamiu.edu, or visit offices located in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, room 206.

University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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