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Celebrating Indian Culture and Events – G1Y Student Voice

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Indian people are very creative for festivals, and for some Indians living in a different country, missing all the festivals is hard.

Last year, as hurricane Diwali was knocking at the door, I decided to celebrate Diwali with Global First Year. I had two intentions for celebrating Diwali: get together with Indian people, and tell other students about Diwali and the new year of India. Diwali is a new start for Indian people, the festival of lights and the most important festival of India.

One of our advisors, Sasha, helped me to bring Samosa and Gulabjamun to the global office, and we all enjoyed the taste of sweet and spicy at the same time. I still remember that one of the boys ate four samosas and his eyes were literally red! I was happy that I celebrated Diwali with my Global people and didn’t miss the new year.

In the spring semester, I found that other Indian people were missing Holi and the same time I got news from Global that they were going to take us to the park to celebrate Holi with some Indian people in Miami. Holi is festival of colors that marks the beautiful season of spring. I went there with Global students and my Indian friends. The place was full of colors and water and children. We were putting colors on each other’s face and dancing, singing, enjoying the celebration of Holi.

I can imagine how Indian people are craving festivals, but a celebration with different people from all over the world is also fun and a new experience. The significance of festivals in Indian culture is how celebration can be a passageway to the most profound aspects of life.


Guest written by Freshmen G1Y student


Biology major from India


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