Marist to Host Events for International Festival of Lights Celebration

Marist College to Host Events for International Festival of Lights Celebration
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (November 2, 2015) – Marist College is hosting events surrounding the Indian culture’s annual celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, on its Poughkeepsie campus the week of Nov. 9. The weeklong celebration includes an opening reception Monday, Diwali exhibit and demonstrations Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and a closing reception Friday. All events are open to the public in addition to the campus community.
The opening reception Monday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will launch the Diwali exhibit in the Lower Lobby of the Lowell Thomas Building. The exhibit integrates Indian fashion, artwork and media. It will showcase cultural artifacts, jewelry and clothing worn in India.
Fashions worn during Diwali are designed with the rich silk fabrics and vibrant colors that have inspired explorers from cultures worldwide to seek out India for centuries. The exhibit will also feature light displays and multimedia including Diwali festival music, a video explaining the celebration of Diwali in India and photographs illustrating Indian culture.
Special demonstrations will take place at the Diwali exhibit in the Lowell Thomas Lower Lobby Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be demonstrations of: Rangoli sand art design Tuesday; henna hand tattoos and turban tying Wednesday; and bindi and tilak application on the forehead Thursday.
The closing reception will be in The Cabaret of the Student Center Friday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will include a fashion show featuring models wearing Indian apparel as well as Indian cuisine, music, and dancing.
The Marist Center for Multicultural Affairs, School of Communication and the Arts, Academic Technology, School of Computer Science and Math, School of Liberal Arts, fashion design senior students, and international graduate students from India have all come together to sponsor the week of events.
Marist has joined thirty other U.S. colleges and universities and numerous international institutions on Apereo’s Open Academic Environment (OAE). According to Apereo’s website, the OAE “is a powerful new way for researchers, students and faculty to create knowledge, share, collaborate and connect with the world.” Marist Academic Technology is leading a campaign to share Marist’s Diwali celebration with the world on the OAE and social media through posts using the hashtags #MyDiwali #MyMarist together.
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Dr. Jennifer Robinette
Assistant Professor of Communication & Public Relations
Marist College School of Communication & the Arts
(845) 293-3013