AIM Celebrates Diwali

Next Friday, the Asian Institute of Management celebrates its own version of the Indian DIWALI festival. From my understanding, it is a happy event similar to what happens during Christmas but with meaning more related to Easter.


Our friends at school could probably and will most likely be able to give a better description of the festival. Here are some things that I got from a site called Diwalifestival.org:

1. DIWALI is a 5 day celebration of joy and happiness celebrated by people all over the world. Also called the Festival of Lights, the 5 day celebration signifying 5 different ideas or philosophies which will bring enrichment and understanding to the people's lives.

2. Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity's name is derived from the Sanskrit word "laksya" which also means, goal or aim. Fitting that we celebrate this festival for the success, and achievement of goals of everyone.

3. The term lakh, or a hundred thousand as used in the Indian counting system, also comes from her name to represent her abundant blessings.

4.Similar to other religious festivals, Diwali is an event that celebrates the triumph of good versus evil. In the festival, people gather to light up candles to represent the triumph of knowledge, understanding(light) over ignorance and other negative forces(darkness). The Chinese also do this during Chinese New Year, when evil spirits are driven off by lights and loud sounds.

Next week,our student body will celebrate the festival as a school activity. Teams have been set up to organize the event and ensure that people have a great time. Looking forward to the sharing of cultures and many happy memories.



-CHINO
Picture taken from Funmunch

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