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Indian Diwali Celebrations

Bangor’s Indian students celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali in style last Friday (5th November) as the International Student Welfare Service hosted a party at Neuadd Rathbone. Some of Bangor's Indian students enjoying the Diwali Festival event.Some of Bangor's Indian students enjoying the Diwali Festival event.

The Diwali festival (or ‘festival of lights’) is one of the most important in the Indian calendar and, being away from home and family, those Indian students living and studying in Bangor were given an opportunity to celebrate with friends and other international students. Students enjoyed traditional music, song and dance and Neuadd Rathbone was brightly decorated with lights and flowers – giving a feeling of ‘home from home’ to the students.

Manuela Vittori, the International Student Welfare Adviser, who organised the celebration was happy that some 200 students attended the event and all seemed to enjoy themselves. She said:

 “it was really nice to see so many students and their families enjoying the evening and sharing their cultures with other nationalities. We hope to organise more such events during the year to give students an opportunity to socialise and to make them feel at home with us here in Bangor”.

Publication date: 10 November 2010