2015 Diwali Celebration a Huge Success!

What was it?

  • The Marist Diwali Celebration was a week of events on campus celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights.
  • Events included an Opening Reception, interactive Exhibit and Closing Reception.
  • The Exhibit integrated Indian fashion, jewelry, cultural artifacts, artwork and multimedia, including light displays , music, a video explaining the celebration of Diwali in India and photographs of India.

What happened?

  • The entire week of   events brought the Marist campus community together in a vibrant celebration of Indian culture            , and the Exhibit brought visitors to the School of Communication and the Arts building.
  • Exhibit visitors Tuesday through Thursday participated in creating colorful Rangoli sand art designs, getting henna tattoos, turban tying, and bindi and tilak forehead applications.
  • The Closing Reception in the Student Center Cabaret Friday included a fashion show featuring models

 wearing Indian apparel as well as Indian cuisine, music, singing and dancing.

  • Marist joined a global celebration of Diwali on the Open Academic Environment (OAE) and social media using            #MyDiwali and #MyMarist in combination.

How did it go?

  • More than 100 people attended the Opening Reception in the Lowell Thomas Lobby Monday evening.
  • Hundreds of people visited the Diwali Exhibit in the Lowell Thomas Lobby Tuesday through Thursday.  More than 180 Diwali exhibit visitors got henna tattoos in 11 hours Wednesday.
  • More than 200 people attended the Closing Reception in the Student Center Cabaret Friday. Who  was involved?
  • International graduate students from India worked on this project for two months with administrators from Multicultural Affairs and Academic Technology, School of Communication and the Arts faculty from advertising, communication and public relations, andfashion as well as fashion design seniors.                                                                                                 

For more information, contact:   Dr. Jennifer Robinette  (845) 293-3013  Jennifer.Robinette@Marist.edu

Sponsored by:  Center for Multicultural Affairs, School of Communication and The Arts, Academic Technology, School of Computer Science & Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts, Fashion Design Seniors & Indian Graduate Students

Diwali celebration with Pres Murray