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Diwali Festival of Lights Celebrated at Island University with Traditional Food, Dance

December 01, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Diwali is a festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. The India Student Association (ISA) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held Diwali Night on Nov. 18 for the campus community to share in their traditional festival of lights.

“Diwali is not only a gathering for all the Indian students who attend the Island University, it’s also a celebration for the entire campus community to learn about Indian culture, dress, food and traditions,” said Dr. Ajay Katangur, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The highlight of the event included traditional and Bollywood style dances by ISA members who wore brightly colored traditional clothing.

“Diwali is my favorite festival and the most prominent festival in India” said Nikitha Pendyala, ISA member. “Besides seeing all the student performances, I am also excited to eat some traditional Indian food that I don’t often get to eat.”

The food for the event, brought from an Indian restaurant in San Antonio, included a variety of dishes like lamb biryani, vegetable biryani, samosa, gobi 65, naan, chicken curry, paneer butter masala, sambar, and laddu as dessert.

According to the A&M-Corpus Christi Office of International Education, of the more than 600 international students on campus, approximately 50 are from India. They are the fourth largest international ethnic group at the Island University and have an active and prosperous presence.

To learn more about the diverse cultures represented at the Island University, visit the Office of International Education’s website at http://oie.tamucc.edu/