Area residents can celebrate ‘Diwali’ at WSU Vancouver

Free event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Tue., Nov. 27 in the Firstenburg Student Commons on the WSU Vancouver campus

VANCOUVER — Washington State University Vancouver invites community members to learn about Diwali, the Festival of Lights celebration. Enjoy dance performances, Indian cuisine, rock painting and get a henna tattoo. The free event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Firstenburg Student Commons on the WSU Vancouver campus.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” During the five-day celebration homes, temples, shops and businesses are brightly lit.

Today, Diwali is a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs. Each religion marks different historical events and stories, but all focus on a theme of the victory of good over evil, and celebrate with fireworks and family feasts.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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