Hindu Soc lit up campus with their Diwali celebrations

Hundreds of students flocked to University Square to enjoy the festival


Campus was alight with colour and festive spirit for this year’s proceedings.

Hundreds of Birmingham students flocked to University Square last week to enjoy the Hindu festival Diwali-  the celebration of light.

The Hindu New Year is characterised by bright lights and a hive of activities, and this year’s festivities certainly provided that in abundance.

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Ooo, fancy!

The event housed henna artists, performances from Bollywood dancers and even a workshop from student group Dance Club Latino.

And it doesn’t end there. Authentic Indian food and tea was also in abundance, at just £1.50 a piece (bargain).

The society even managed to get hold of a state of the art sound and lighting system for the night.

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Busting the moves

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Shake it like a polaroid feature

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Spinning the decks

And the event went down a storm with students.

Second year International Business student, Alex Anthon, said: “It was a great, festive night with friends. The atmosphere was fantastic.”

Kiran Sehra, a second year Biologist, agreed: “I liked how different aspects of Diwali were shown throughout the week.

“It was an innovative way of educating those who want to learn more about Diwali.”

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The committee members were also pretty impressed with how the event turned out.

Devan Limbachia, second year President of the Hindu society, said: “We wanted to turn Diwali into something that everyone could celebrate together this year, and really wanted to get people involved.

“Our society’s slogan is to create a ‘home away from home’ environment and I think that’s something we accomplished with Diwali week.”

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Sparklers galore

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Spreading the light

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, the event made for an excellent mix of education, culture and fun.

Hats off to the Hindu society for making one of the coldest nights in October slightly warmer with their abundance of light.