It's a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
The Indian Festival of Light, Diwali, is being celebrated at Michigan Tech this Saturday with an evening of cultural traditions.
Michigan Tech's Indian Student Association hosts Diwali Night every year to connect cross-culturally with other students and the Houghton community.
â??To keep your family intact and the family relations strong, we have festivals,â?? said ISA President, Muraleekrishnan Menon. â??That's when most family and friends come together and have a good time and respect the traditions and the religion.â??
During Diwali in India, families have a feast, decorate their homes with lights, and even shoot off fireworks.
The ISA is preparing to serve over 500 guests an authentic three-course meal cooked by Indian students followed by a performance of dancing, musical acts, a skit, and a fashion show.
This year's show is themed, "My Big Fat Indian Wedding," to portray the Indian custom of arranged marriages.
â??They interact with these people during their pleasure time and understand much more about the culture, how things happen back in India,â?? Menon explained. â??Indian students also get an opportunity to interact with them much closer than a relation that you might have in a lecture room or in an office.â??
Menon said typically only a quarter of the guests at Diwali Night are Indian, and the rest are other Tech students and Houghton residents who come back year after year to show support to the international families in the community.
â??To people who are new and haven't been to Diwali Night, my only message is, just come once,â?? Menon said. â??You'll keep coming back.â??
Admission to Diwali Night at $14, and tickets can be purchased at the Rozsa box office . Dinner begins in the Michigan Tech MUB Ballroom at 5 p.m. with the performance at the Rozsa at 7:30.