MCC would like to celebrate the festivals to help international students to feel at home, whilst educating the broader community about the customs of the international student community.
Diwali, is the Indian festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, with many other regional traditions connecting the holiday to Sita and Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, Yama, Yami, Durga, Kali, Dhanvantari, or Vishvakarman. Furthermore, it is, in some regions, a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating the demon-king Ravana.
In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces with Diya’s and rangoli. During Diwali people wear their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas and rangoli (oil lamps or candles), offer puja (worship) to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared. Diwali is also a major cultural event for the Hindu and Jain diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.
Preparation before the event date. Diwali Art Event Welcome on 13/11/2020
Decoration (Unofficial Welcome)- In this time, decorations will be done by the members and anyone who wish to come and help with decorations.
17:30 – 17:00 – Check-in before event
Membership – A platform would be set up for people who wish to join MCC and become a member.
17:15 – Introduction
A brief introduction to the festival will be given through a short video.
17:40 – Rangoli (Official Welcome)
Rangoli is an art form, originating in the Indian subcontinent, in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials such as colored rice, colored sand, quartz powder or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali or Tihar, Onam, Pongal, and other Hindu festivals in the Indian subcontinent.
Patterns will be made on the floor for everyone to fill on their own and have fun.
Food Stalls- Some sweet dishes along with fritters will be served on these food stalls. These include Gulab Jamun/Rasgulla, Kaju Katli/Barfi, Jalebi, Pisum, Fritters, sauce and some drinks. Other than this if anybody is interested in setting up their own stall and sell some Indian food, they are more than welcome.
19:00 – Bharatnatyam (Dance)- Bharatanatyam, also previously called Sadira Attam is a major form of Indian classical dance that is indigenous to Tamil Nadu. Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance tradition in India. A dance performance.
20:00 – 20: 20 Prize Distribution
21: 00 – Fireworks Crackers