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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 27, 2003

UI India Student Association To Host Diwali Celebration Nov. 1

The India Student Association at the University of Iowa will host its annual Diwali celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. The festival is an all-encompassing event that includes dinner, cultural music, folk dancing and theatrical performances.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased available at the IMU box office, India Cafe and Masala Restaurant (Iowa City), Indian Mix Grocery Store (Coralville) or Taj Mahal Restaurant (Cedar Rapids). The program starts with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the cultural program at 8:30 p.m. The night will be capped off with dancing from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Diwali is the Festival of Lights and symbolizes the defeat of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The festival's story comes from the Ramayan Hindu Epic where the god of good triumphed over the god of evil. The citizens of India celebrate the event every year with lights and fireworks.

ISA leaders said they would like the celebration to bring together all types of people and cultures. Nearly 1,000 people of different backgrounds attend the event each year.

More information about the Diwali celebration can be found on the Web at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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