Celebrating Diwali – the Indian Festival of Lights

9 November 2020

Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)

CMU’s Vice President Associate Professor Rome Chiranukrom, joined Diwali – the Festival of Lights 2020 on November 7, 2020 at the Indian Consulate in Chiang Mai.

Mr. Krishan Chaitanya, Consul General in Chiang Mai provided a welcoming speech and opened the Diwali Festival, the most important festival for both Hindus and Sikhs.

Diwali is seen as a victory of light over darkness, knowledge over foolish and goodness over evil. “Diwali” comes from the Sanskrit word “Deeppawali” or “Dipawali which means “Row of Lamp”, that indicates the lighting of many small pottery lanterns across the night.

People clean their houses in order to support Queen Lakshmi, wife of King Wisanukam, who are believed will visit the Hindus’ houses on this day. Firecrackers are lit during this occasion to repel the devil, and people will wear new clothing, delivering sweets to family members and friends as a token of prosperity.