Diwali 2021

Students came together on Thursday 4 November for the first in person Diwali celebration in 2 years – and – the first cultural celebration in the Global Lounge!

‘Diwali is one of the most exciting events’

Things kicked off with snacks and refreshments and some relaxing diya painting and rangoli, before the Bristol Indian Society gave a presentation on the tradition and history of Diwali, followed by a dance performance by the Bollywood Dance Society!

Students were able to get tattooed by a henna artist and, aside from all the activities, everyone thoroughly enjoyed socialising, celebrating Diwali with friends and also sharing the experience with friends and family back home via video call!

‘The rhythm of the music and the vibe of the dances are so attractively thrilling it made me almost feel like being part of the culture’

Many students who celebrate annually arrived in beautiful traditional dress – however the event was also enjoyed by others who have less, or no experience of the Festival of Lights. Towards the latter half of the event, students fully took advantage of the space in the Lounge – dancing and singing along to traditional music!

Photo by Kyun Wang

Global Lounge ambassador and volunteer photographer, Kyun Wang, had never attended a Diwali celebration and said of the event – particularly of the dancing:

‘This is definitely one of the most exciting events to happen since Uni started. The rhythm of the music and the vibe of the dances are so attractively thrilling, it made me almost feel like being part of the culture.’

All Global Lounge events are open to international, and home students – and all student and staff members are welcomed and encouraged to participate, whether with friends, or solo. Be sure to check out the other cultural events happening in the Global Lounge over the coming weeks – join in and meet new people, experience something new and learn something about your fellow students and other cultures!

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