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DEIA and ACAG Clubs Host Diwali Festival Nov. 13

Students of all grades gathered in Ladue High School’s library during seminar to celebrate the Hindu holiday of Diwali, which was followed by a larger celebration in the MPR after school Nov. 13.

Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is a major festival celebrated in India, signifying the victory of light over darkness. The festival is celebrated for five consecutive days, starting with ‘Dhanteras’ and ending with ‘Bhai Dooj.’ To get into the spirit, people decorate their homes with diyas, which symbolize goodness and purity, create rangoli and worship the Goddess Laxmi for good fortune and prosperity. 

“I get to spend more time with my family,” freshman Anuthriha Muruganantham said. “I get to talk about my culture to other people and it helps me understand my own culture.” 

The seminar celebration had a collection of activities and food that students partook in. Although it was designed to be enjoyable for everyone, even those unaware of Diwali’s exact meaning, the event takes on a special significance for Ladue’s Indian community. 

“It definitely feels nice [to have my culture represented],” senior Asmit Tendolkar said. “You don’t usually see it in many schools.” 

As president of the Bollywood Dance club, Tendolkar is on a quest to spread Indian culture throughout Ladue.

“I’m the president who tries to get more people into Bollywood dance club,” Tendolkar said. “I’ve shown them what Indian culture is like.”

 

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