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Diya or lit clay candle

Diwali

Join us for the UIW Diwali Celebration

Diwali - Festival of Lights

Diwali or Festival of Lights is one of the most important South Asian holidays. Both a religious and cultural holiday, it is celebrated by millions of people of various faiths and across many borders. It represents the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. The the word Diwali, Divali or Deepavali, means ‘a row of lamps’.

It is a time for families to gather and performing traditional activities together.

  • Diyas, small clay candles, are lit and placed in rows along the parapets of temples and houses and set adrift on rivers and streams.
  • Homes are decorated, and floors inside and out are covered with Rangoli, consisting of elaborate designs made of colored rice, sand, or flower petals.
  • The doors and windows of houses are kept open in the hope that luck, blessings, wealth, and success find their way inside to the residents.
  • Families travel to come together, exchange gifts, don new clothes, feast, give gifts and money to the downtrodden, and set off fireworks.

Learn more about the history and cultural significance of Diwali

Diwali at UIW

UIW has a long history of celebrating the Festival of Lights on campus with the help of UIW faculty and students. Diwali also called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by millions of people across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.

Share, learn and experience the richness of this South Asian holiday through dance, music, food, traditions, and history! Event is open to UIW students, faculty and staff, and 1 guest. Must have UIW ID.

This year join us on November 11, 2021 for a two-part celebration for a full evening experience.

Part 1: Diwali Experience: 6 - 7 p.m. in the UIW Sky Room

Experience the Puja Ceremony and altar with a fitting backdrop of the city lights and skyline. Also join us for traditional dances, musical performances, and a live reenactment of one of the many stories of Diwali. Attendees of the Diwali Experience will receive VIP food tickets for authentic takeaway South Asian cuisine at the close of the program.

RSVP to UIW Diwali at 6pm in the Sky Room

Due to limited seating RSVP's cannot be honored for late arrivals. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.. Arrive early, as seating is limited per campus COVID-19 safety. Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees per UIW Policy.

Part 2: Diwali Fair and Dance Party: 7 - 8 p.m. at the Sky View parking

No RSVP required.

Enjoy authentic takeaway South Asian cuisine, Mehndi or henna body art, traditional Chai or spiced tea with milk, and Dandiya and Bhangra dance, or energetic, folk dances from South Asia. Also enjoy the UIW Diwali Dance competition, open to all UIW students, staff, and faculty.

For more information email intl@uiwtx.edu

Diwali Dance Competition

Represent your student organization, academic program, professional school, or just a group of friends. UIW Diwali Dance competition is open to all UIW students, staff, and faculty. UIW Diwali Dance competition will take place on Nov 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sky View parking lot.

Registration Deadline: Due by November 5, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Registration Rules

  1. All participants MUST be UIW students, staff, or faculty.
  2. Minimum 2 and Maximum 10 participants. No solo performances. Each participant can only perform in one item.
  3. Time limit 5 - minutes.
  4. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  5. Submit the name and a link to the song you are dancing to.

Culturally Appropriate:

All songs must be culturally appropriate with the Diwali theme. Traditional and nontraditional dances are accepted.

Sign up for Diwali Dance Competition

Volunteer for Diwali - Earn Service Hours

Help us make Diwali a great event!

Learn about Diwali and help us decorate and set up the Sky Room and Sky View lot for the event. Diwali also called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by millions of people across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.

The Decorations Committee will have to attend one planning meeting and then the setup and break down of the event. We will explore the significance of the Diwali decorations and help prepare and break down the spaces for the event.

Sign up to Volunteer for Diwali Decoration Committee

International Student and Scholar Services

847 E Hildebrand
International Conference Center Room 200
San Antonio, TX 78218
(210) 805-5705
intl@uiwtx.edu