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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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