Wednesday, Nov. 7 was be the annual celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Greenhill campus.
Diwali is a holiday celebrated in the Hindu religion every autumn in the northern hemisphere. It symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
“The goal this year is to celebrate cultures bigger and better than before,” said Dr. Karen Bradberry, the Director of Equity and Inclusion. “Diwali is the perfect timing in terms of the school schedule and it will allow us to really make sure that there is a presence in every division.”
With signs that greet people at entrances, lanterns and various decorations, Greenhill is going all out to celebrate Diwali in hopes of bringing awareness to not only Hindu holidays but all religions in the Greenhill community.
“I feel like it will impact our community because it will bring us to together to show respect to each other’s cultures and religions,” said sophomore Drewv Desai, who has been helping out with decorations.
The help of students and parents has been significant over the past few days in preparation for the celebration and for help with the decorations.
“I didn’t know much about the culture surrounding Diwali, so I thought helping out with decorations would help give me some more insight and help me learn something new,” said freshman Jordan Levy, another volunteer. “I think it will help spread the culture because I feel there isn’t a lot of perspective so just opening it up and seeing parts of different cultures will help widen people’s views.”
One of the biggest changes over the past few years has been shifting from moving beyond just hanging up signs and decorations but adding the educational component, so the students can learn more about the culture.
Dr. Bradberry commented, “It’s a time to learn that our diversity is not something that divides us, but that it is something that educates us and makes us smarter.”
Photos by Sonia Dhingra