Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains worldwide. The main theme of this annual five day celebration is the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil. During the festival, which marks the start of the Hindu New Year, houses are decorated with colourful lights and fireworks displays are held. People exchange gifts and sweets, decorate their houses and provide offerings to those in need.
Colleagues and departments across the College are celebrating Diwali in a number of different ways. For example, Dr Vandana Desai and Professor Jay Mistry from the Department of Geography, have organized a departmental coffee morning focusing on diversity and inclusion, which will not only mark Diwali, but also Thanksgiving and Harvest Festival celebrations.
Our College Chaplaincy works with students and colleagues of any faith or belief. Our Faith Policy states that the College commits itself to an active support for the study and celebration of mainstream religious faiths within its community, recognising that such celebration is a source of individual strength, communal resource and intellectual and artistic excellence.