The annual Hindu festival of Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights.

Hindus across the world celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshman from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. 

To honor the return of Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana from Lanka and to illuminate their path, villagers light diyas (lamps) to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. 

The festival is composed of five days. The third day, or main day, is celebrated on Saturday November 14 this year. 

Every year at Elon,  students, faculty and members of the surrounding community celebrate the occasion with festivities under twinkling lights in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. 

Although the festival looks a little different this year, we thank you for celebrating with us both in person and virtually!

 

Happy Diwali!

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