Three thousand lamps light up the Orange Grove for Diwali
Thousands of lamps light up the Orange Grove for Diwali
Diwali, one of the most popular festivals in India, is a Hindu festival that celebrates victory of light over darkness. To honor diversity on campus, Syracuse University art history Professor Romita Ray (Kapoor) created an event to make luminaries and light up the Orange Grove.
“It’s just the magic of the lights. Diwali is bringing communities together.” said Ray. “It’s a very simple kind of grassroots level event. It’s not fancy in the sense that it doesn’t need to be. You want everyone to feel a little bit like it’s a festival.”
Students, faculties and families came together last Thursday at the Orange Grove to place the luminaries. A few of them made patterns with the lamps. Within 30 minutes, the grove was bright and as the sky turned dark. The scene looked surreal, thousands of lamps decorating the ground.