Fall Festivals

Navaratri - Navaratri, meaning nine nights, is celebrated in September-October, and is a festival of worship, dance and music, celebrated over a period of nine nights. During this festival Darshana holds a special puja or prayer for the goddesses. Darshana members also set up a golu display, of dolls, books and music instruments, objects pertaining to knowledge and the goddess on a series of steps. An oil lamp is kept burning in front of the Golu steps for nine days.

This is the time of doing traditional folk dances from Gujurat, a region of India, such as Garba and Dandiya Raas, where the dancer holds two sticks which are struck alternately to the right and left with a partner while the group circles rhythmically creating various formations. Members also attend Navaratri puja at other local universities and join Hindu groups to participate in garba and raas during Navaratri.

Diwali - Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated in October – November and is considered one of the most beautiful and important Hindu festivals. It celebrates the return of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, to his kingdom Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. Countless flickering oil lamps and lights are lit in houses all over the country making it a night of enchantment. Worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion. Fire and light are important symbols of Diwali, representing enlightenment and the illuminating of darkness. The Diwali dinner is co-sponsored with Slater International center and is open to the community campus wide.

Spring Festivals

The most colorful of all Hindu festivals is celebrated in spring (mostly in mid April) and is observed all over Northern India. Holi heralds the coming of spring. When celebrating Holi, men, women, and children revel in throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. Greetings and sweets are exchanged amongst friends and families. Darshana's celebrates Holi for all and is very popular here at Wellesley. Those interested in celebrating Holi meet on either Severance Green or the Chapel Lawn and throw colored powder and water all over one another! As you can tell by the clothes of Holi participants, the celebration was one messy affair!








Wellesley Darshana - 2nd Floor Billings Hall, Schneider Center
Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
For questions, contact: Darshana, Hindu Student Group at Wellesley College
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Designed by: Monet Spells '10
Last Modified: September 29, 2009