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Indian students celebrate Festival of Lights

November 04, 2008 12:00AM

Over the past 6 years, Diwali has become one of the biggest fall cultural events held by Pittsburg State University students. The tradition will continue as members of the Indian Student Association prepare for a night of food, dancing, performances and fireworks at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Lamplighter Inn and Suites in Pittsburg.

Diwali, a symbolic triumph of light and knowledge over ignorance and darkness, is among the most important and widely celebrated holidays throughout the myriad cultures of South Asia. Often known as the "Festival of Lights," the festival has become adopted by many cultures, creating a sense of unity and community.

This year's Diwali program will include a reception with a catered Indian meal. Also featured will be a range of cultural performances from classical Indian music to modern Bollywood dances.

The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display after the performances and dinner.

All are encouraged to come to the event, but a ticket is required. Advance tickets for PSU faculty, staff and students are $10, while advance tickets are $12 for non-PSU guests. Tickets on the day of the event will cost $3 more.

Tickets are available at the PSU Ticket Office in Overman Student Center (620-235-4796), and at the Office of International Programs and Services.

For more information, e-mail ISA president Harpreet Singh Notae at, or vice president Dimpy Singh at

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