On Wednesday, December 7, the Stony Brook campus community will come together for the 16th Annual Festival of Lights, an intercultural program that celebrates the diversity of religions through holiday traditions. The program highlights various faiths, including Christmas/Advent/Three Kings Day (Christian), Hanukkah (Jewish), Ramadan/Eid-ul Fitr/Eid-Adha (Muslim), Diwali (Hindu), Winter Solstice (Native American) and Kwanzaa (African American).
Beginning at 6 pm, holiday displays and ethnic food 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.
Over 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 student organizations.
After the event, the holiday displays will be relocated to the Student Activities Center WHY? Lobby, where they can be enjoyed by all. 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.