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Community invited to celebrate Indian Festival of Lights at Wake Forest

October 16, 2008

Wake Forest University will celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights at its annual Diwali Festival from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Oct. 25 in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.  The festival will feature entertainment, including singing and dance performances, and a catered buffet dinner.

This year’s festival will focus on Hindu mythology associated with Diwali.  It will feature a skit in which performers will act out the story of the god Rama’s return from exile by lighting lamps to mark his passage home.  Community members and Wake Forest students will also perform different Indian/fusion dances representing all four regions of India—north, south, east and west. 

Some of the performance groups scheduled to perform include the Wake Forest Apsara, an Indian dance team; the Wake Forest Dirrty Dancers, a hip-hop dance team; the Wake Forest Tappers; and a Latin ballroom group. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and $4 for Wake Forest ID holders.  Tickets are available at the door for the general public.  Wake Forest ID holders can purchase tickets in advance from the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Benson University Center, Room 346, or the Center for International Studies in Carswell Hall, Room 027. 

Diwali, also known as Deepawali, marks the last day of harvest and the beginning of a new fiscal year for business people.  It also welcomes Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity through the lighting of lamps (Deepa) and is a celebration of life, prosperity, goodness and spiritual wealth. 

The event is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Asian Student Interest Association (A.S.I.A.), the Indo-US Association of Winston-Salem and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  For more information, email or or call (336) 758-8131.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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