DIWALI CELEBRATION

On 3 November 2017, several of the MGJW Fellows gathered with their international/global classmates to celebrate in their observance of Diwali. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is primarily celebrated in India to signify the victory of light over darkness according to the Hindu religion. In India, Diwali is celebrated through its citizens symbolically displaying lights on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other important religious sites. On the actual night of Diwali, many dress up in their best outfits, light up diyas (lamps and candles), and participate in family puja (prayers). After puja, there are fireworks, feasts, and exchanges of gifts between family members and friends.  The Mason School of Business, the students whom celebrate Diwali, host an annual Diwali Celebration to share their culture and heritage with new friends at William and Mary.

CPT Myles Durkin’s global teammate asked him to participate and share in the experience of Diwali. CPT Durkin would not disappoint and actively took a part in the festivities.

CPT Durkin performing a duet with Souvik Das Gupta (Durkin's global teammate).

CPT Durkin performing a duet with Souvik Das Gupta (Durkin’s global teammate).

Comment from CPT Durkin:

The program pulled out all the stops hosting the ". . .excellent Indian cuisine" catered by the local Indian restaurant. Basmati rice and chicken tikka masala. . . a couple of the amazing dishes served.

The program pulled out all the stops hosting the “. . .excellent Indian cuisine” catered by the local Indian restaurant. Basmati rice and chicken tikka masala. . . a couple of the amazing dishes served.

“One of my team members, Souvik, asked me to perform two songs with him in front of the audience. What I didn’t understand initially was that I was going to have to sing in Hindi. Nor did I grasp that the Diwali Celebration would have over 150 people attend and watch our performances. After enjoying excellent Indian cuisine and a “modest” Happy Hour, I was able to take the stage…It was a wonderful experience, and I implore future MGJW fellows to participate and attend the celebration.”

At the Mason School of Business, the MGJW Fellows, who mostly have previous experience working with global partners, enjoy taking part in festivities such as this. Building ties with international partners is but only one of the advantages here at William and Mary. The opportunity to gain more of an understanding of other cultures from those who live there is not easily substitutable.