On Wednesday, December 2, the Stony Brook campus community will come together to participate in the 15th 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). This year’s event also will include a segment about Native American culture.
Beginning at 6 pm, holiday displays and ethnic food samplings will be featured in the Student Activities Center, Sidney Gelber Auditorium. 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.
Through the years, 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 and 14 student organizations.
After the event, the holiday displays will be relocated to the Student Activities Center Lobby, where they can be enjoyed. 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) 632-7320 or the Interfaith Center at (631) 632-6565.