PITTSBURG — It’s the last day to get tickets for one of Pittsburg State University’s largest student-organized events.
Diwali Night: The Festival of Lights is set for Saturday night, and will include Indian music, entertainment, cuisine and tradition. Diwali is a holiday celebrated between mid-October and mid-November in India and several Middle Eastern Countries. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Diwali Night at PSU will begin with music, dancing and cultural performances at the Overman Student Center before moving to Grubbs Hall for a traditional Indian buffet catered by an Indian restaurant from Kansas City. The menu will include chicken biryani, naan bread and more.
The event is organized by PSU’s Indian Student Association, which is one of the university’s largest student groups. ISA sees Diwali Night both as a celebration, and a gift to the Pittsburg community, and more than 100 Indian students work for months to organize the event.
ISA Faculty Advisor Mark Johnson said in a release that Diwali Night can really give community members a taste of India right here at home.
"They can do it practically in their own backyard, so to speak," Johnson said. "Students, faculty, staff, alumni – everyone comes together to share culture, food, fun, music, heritage, all in one place. It takes the idea of OAGAAG (Once a Gorilla, Always a Gorilla) to a global level.
"You can see it, hear it, taste it. It's the whole package. And it's an amazing part of the Pitt State student experience."
In previous years, people have come in from Joplin, Kansas City and even cities in Arkansas and Oklahoma to attend the event.
The meal portion requires a $15 ticket, which must be published by November 1, so enough food will be ordered.
Tickets for the Diwali Night: Festival of Lights may be purchased by calling 620-719-0091 or 620-719-6284, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the International Office in Whitesitt Hall on the campus of PSU.