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Release Date Thursday, November 17, 2022

South Dakota Mines Hosts 33rd Annual Diwali Celebration Featuring Food, Fireworks and Cultural Performances

The celebration of Diwali at South Dakota Mines includes cultural performances, traditional food and a fireworks show.  The event is free and open to the public.  


The India Club at South Dakota Mines will host the 33rd annual celebration of Diwali Night, featuring cultural entertainment, food and fireworks show, on Saturday, Nov. 19. The popular annual event draws a large crowd and is always free and open to the public. A photo album from the 2021 celebration can be found here.

Diwali is one of the largest festivals in India, celebrating the “victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance” across the subcontinent. Traditionally, the festival is marked with elaborate fairs, food preparations, prayers and gift-giving. The night is lit up with fireworks and houses are decked out with lamps and rangolis, welcoming wealth and prosperity into the household.

Mines’ India Club begins Diwali celebrations with a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, at 5 p.m. followed by cultural performances. Fireworks display across from Surbeck begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by an authentic Indian dinner. The food is prepared by Indian students enrolled at Mines, aided by the Indian diaspora of Rapid City. Henna hand-painting stations and photo booths will also be available.

Festival organizers are always looking to engage local businesses in sponsoring Diwali Night, as well as supporting other student-led events and community service projects. Mines extends thanks to these business and organizations for their support this year, Black Hills Regional Eye Hospital, Coco Cola, Pioneer Bank and Trust, Tropical Smoothie, Property Meld, Super 8 Motel, Black Hills Hindu Temple Committee, Masala Mart, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, The Rushmore, Everest Cuisine, Kathmandu Bistro, Himalayan Kitchen, and others. The India Club appreciates any and all support from the public; those who wish to donate can find a link here.



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Sep. 30, 2023
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Stadium Parking Lot and Rocker Trails
Saturday, Sep. 30, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Surbeck Center, Beck Ballroom
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Crazy Horse
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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