Members of the campus community will come together to participate in the ninth annual Festival of Lights Program on Wednesday, December 9. The Festival of Lights is an intercultural program that celebrates the diversity of religions during the holiday season.
The program highlights various faiths, including Christmas/Advent/Three Kings Day (Christian), Hanukah (Jewish), Ramadan/Eid-ul Fitr/Eid-Adha (Muslim), Diwali (Hindu), and Kwanzaa (African American).
A pre-event reception with holiday displays and foods will take place in the Student Activities Center Auditorium from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. During the reception, participants can also make a variety of holiday crafts as part of the festival’s “Make It, Take It” activity. The main part of the festival program, which consists of presentations and cultural performances in song, dance, music, or poetry, will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and is followed by a post-event reception. In past years, hundreds have attended this annual event, which is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Interfaith Center in conjunction with several campus departments, the Faculty Student Association, and eight student organizations.
After the event, each holiday display is relocated to the Student Activities Center Lobby, where they can be enjoyed throughout the season. When they are lit at night, it makes for a beautiful setting.
Admission to the Festival of Lights is free and open to the University community and invited guests. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 632-9968 or the Interfaith Center at 632-6565.