On Wednesday, December 4, the Stony Brook campus community will come together to participate in the 13th Annual Festival of Lights, an intercultural program about the diversity of religions through the many celebrations that occur during the holiday season. The program highlights various faiths, including Christmas/Advent/Three Kings Day (Christian), Hanukkah (Jewish), Ramadan/Eid-ul Fitr/Eid-Adha (Muslim), Diwali (Hindu), Bandhi Chhor Divas (Sikh) and Kwanzaa (African American).
Beginning at 6 pm, holiday displays and ethnic food samplings will be featured in Student Activities Center, Ballroom A. Participants can make a variety of holiday crafts as part of the Festival’s “Make It, Take It” activities. Then the focus will turn to the main stage, with several presentations and cultural performances in song, dance, poetry and music, including the Stony Brook Ringers and SB Live!
Hundreds have attended this annual tradition that is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Interfaith Center in conjunction with several campus departments, the Faculty Student Association and 14 student organizations.
After the event, the holiday displays will be relocated to the Student Activities Center Lobby, where they can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. When they are lit at night, the displays create a beautiful setting.
Admission to the Festival of Lights is free and open to the University community and their invited guests. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (631) 632-9968 or the Interfaith Center at (631) 632-6565.