HARROGATE, Tennessee, Dec. 4, 2018 – The South Asian-American Students (SAAS) organization at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) hosted the Diwali Festival of Lights on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at LMU-DCOM. The event included an array of Indian food, a Bharatanatyam (traditional) dance performance, Henna tattoos and Bollywood dance lessons.
Diwali (Deepawali), the famous Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of lights, celebrates the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance every year in mid-November. During Diwali, families light their homes with oil lamps or candles and celebrate with fireworks. Similar to other holiday celebrations, families get together for a large feast and share gifts.
“I always refer to it as Indian Christmas, but it marks the triumph of good over evil, or light over dark,” said Prachi Bansal, a first-year osteopathic medical students at LMU-DCOM. “Usually today you light candles around the house, clean, pray and eat sweets with your family and friends.
The Diwali celebration at LMU-DCOM offered a unique opportunity for students, faculty and staff from around the University to experience a holiday celebration from another culture and gave students from the SAAS club a way to share their light with others. All proceeds from the event went to the CEASE domestic violence shelter in Claiborne County.
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.
Caption 1: Ananya Mishra, a first-year medical student at LMU-DCOM, performs a classical Indian dance known as Bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is an expressive dance that is approximately 2000 years old, and is used to tell stories and describe characters of Hindu mythology.
Caption 2: Diwali at LMU-DCOM was presented by the South Asian-American Student board, pictured from left to right, President Tejaswi Munagala, Secretary Sejal Patel, Treasurer Katyayini Sharma and Vice President Meghna Kataky.