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Diwali Night 2013 will feature dancing, fireworks, taste of India
Release Date Monday, November 4, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 4, 2013) – The India Club of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites the public to celebrate Diwali Night 2013 from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Surbeck Center ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

Diwali is the largest festival in India, celebrating peace and harmony beyond the Hindu religion. The India Club aims to increase awareness and understanding of the Indian culture through its efforts and estimates an increase in attendance at this year’s event. “Last year, more than 550 people from campus and the community attended this wonderful event, and we expect that number will increase this year,” said Vinod Amar, president of the India Club. 

The evening begins with cultural dances at 5 p.m., featuring both Indian and American students. The 20 minute fireworks display in the Surbeck/McLaury parking lot will begin at 7 p.m. Following the fireworks display, guests will be invited back inside the Surbeck Center ballroom to sample more than a dozen varieties of authentic Indian foods prepared by many of the 27 Indian students enrolled at Mines.

Henna hand-painting stations will be set up, along with a silent auction featuring 15 original pieces of artwork created during the India Club’s arts and crafts workshop recently held on campus.

Donations will be accepted at the door to help offset the costs of food and fireworks as well as future events and community service projects. For more information on the India Club email


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