After a visit to the country India, Vogue editor Diana Vreeland famously remarked, "Pink is the navy blue of India."
On Thursday evening, November 5, we saw vibrant colors everywhere as Delbarton hosted its first official celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights and one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. The event was sponsored by the Delbarton Parent Council on Diversity & Inclusion (PCDI), a group of Delbarton parents commited to broadening our community's understanding of and experience with cultures other than our own.
What a special night for Delbarton! Our Diwali event was fortunately blessed with unusually mild weather for early November. Enjoy these photos from our first (and, promise us, not last) Diwali celebration...
Diwali typically lasts for five days and is celebrated during the Hindu month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). The period symbolizes the spiritual 'victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance' and the festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity. During Diwali, people wear their finest clothing, light the interior and exterior of their homes with oil lamps or candles, ignite fireworks and enjoy special feasts where sweets and gifts are shared. Short of the fireworks, all of these elements were present on Delbarton campus last night.
In the Garden and on the FAC plaza, guests enjoyed Indian food, music, art, culture and truly spectacular dancing. THANK YOU to the families who so generously shared their time and culture with us last night. Those lucky enough to attend left with an understanding of Diwali festivities -- think Christmas Eve in hot pink, saffron yellow, neon green and midnight blue -- and a true appreciation for the traditions that bind the people of India together culturally and emotionally.