Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated by the Hindu faith as a reminder of the return of Lord Rama and Sita from exile. There are multiple versions of the story of Diwali that are told, all of which vary throughout the different regions in India. However, the main theme throughout the majority of them is the idea of goodness and light triumphing over darkness and evil.
The celebration of this important religious festival by Hindu Society, featured performances from the Dance Club Latino Society and Bollywood dancers and singers. Alongside this, traditional food in the form of samosas and hot tea were provided for free. Mendhi (Henna) artists were invited, drawing beautiful intricate designs on the hands of students. University of Birmingham’s own Shiva Sapra provided the lights and music, which kept the atmosphere lively throughout the evening!
The event was concluded with the lighting of Diyas (traditional Indian tea lights) around Old Joe. The lights helped portray the aforementioned triumph of good over evil and are a symbol of wealth and prosperity for the year to come.
This is just one example of the vibrant atmosphere that religious diversity affords the University. With various different student groups and societies representing each type of religion and culture, there is always something exciting going on at the University of Birmingham.
Pictures taken by Vedika Bahl