On the evening of 15 November, the Diwali festival held in our Student Residence at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and co-sponsored by the Student Residence Office and the Mainland and External Affairs Office was high on glamour.
As soon as we entered Multi-Function Hall A, some Indian student organisers helped put a small red dot called bottu (plural: bindi) on our foreheads, an auspicious Hindu ritual. In the corners of the room were candles arranged artistically on the ground and on the tables.
About 100 participants including students, Indian guests, and members of CityU departments and offices attended this illuminating event.
One of the organisers presented a brief introduction on the essence of Diwali and opened up a fun quiz to the audience. Some special speakers from university departments and offices explained what this event meant, too.
“The meaning of Diwali is, in short, the festival of light and decoration,’ said Dr Surya Deva, an associate professor in the School of Law.
During the evening, an Indian student astounded the audience with her brilliant performance of a t
raditional dance, and students and staff later enjoyed a variety of Indian foods such as biryani, soft sweet balls, and roti.
Diwali is the festival of lights and the evening at the Student Residence certainly contributed to promoting an atmosphere for a brighter future, highlighting the unity, bonding, caring, sharing, and new learning channels at CityU.