Navratri Garba- Navratri is a festival honoring the Goddess Durga in celebration of the triumph of good over evil. Specifically, this festival symbolizes one’s internal battles and the necessity to destroy ego and vices in order to advance spiritually. At Loyola, students celebrate Navratri through garba, a devotional dance, and raas, a traditional dance with dandiya, wooden sticks.
Diwali Dinner- Diwali is a festival of lights celebrating Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Upon his arrival, the village lit his path with diyas, or small oil lamps. At Loyola, this festival is celebrated formally with a guest speaker who describes the significance of the festival. Following the presentation, attendees partake in a full Indian dinner.
Holi Celebration- Holi is a festival of colors commemorating the victory of good over evil. It is traditionally celebrated by throwing colored powder and water at friends and family. At Loyola, the holiday is celebrated with dance, colored confetti, and dinner.
Hindu Awareness Week- Hindu Awareness Week is a week full of fun and informative events celebrating Hindu culture. In the past, students have put together events such as a model Hindu wedding, a traditional music night, and a story sharing event.
For detailed information on Hindu festivals and practices, check out our Hinduism page.