Our community was treated to an incredible dance performance by the award-winning Joya Kazi Unlimited Dance Company at last week's RWB&G Assembly in celebration of Diwali. Diwali, known as the "Festival of Lights," is India's largest and most important holiday which celebrates the new year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. Regardless of religious affiliation, Indians around the world celebrate Diwali with family gatherings, wearing new clothes, decorating homes with clay lamps and candles, watching fireworks and sharing a feast.
In all interpretations of Diwali, one common thread rings true – the festival marks the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. During the assembly, some of our students explained what the Diwali festival means and joined in on the dancing! Additionally, we would like to thank the Baidwan/Bonotto, Budhiraja, Chaudhary/Chakravarty, Muthusamy, Rice, Schievink, SenGupta, Mirchandani/Soper, and Vasan/Chhablani families who treated our faculty and staff to a delicious Indian feast!