Fun, food and fiesta; these are the three things that define the festive season of Diwali for college students. But before you board that bus or train to your hometown for the much awaited Diwali break, you must make the most of the festive season on your campus as well. There are many different ways in which Diwali @ college can be made fun. Starting from visiting Diwali Melas with your gang to hosting one in your own college campus to invite others to be part your celebrations; your celebrating Diwali in college can surely be a fun experience for you and your friends. Still not convinced about it? Check out some cool activities that you can do at the Diwali Fest in your college this year and make this the most memorable festival of the season.
Host a Diwali Mela
Diwali Melas are a common scenario in India during the festive months of October and November.Various stalls are set up for shopping, dance and singing performance, children competitions and many such other activities are conducted in these melas. Visiting these Diwali melas with your college gang is always fun, as they give you a chance to complete your Diwali shopping while also gorging upon some delicious food. But if you thought visiting Diwali melas was cool, imagine how cool would it be if you could host a Diwali mela of your own in your college campus. Setting up various stalls of gifts items, bakery products, stage plays, nukkadnataks, treasure hunts and other such fun activities for your friends and even family members to participate can be really fun and exciting. So, try speaking to your friends and professors and see if this idea can be hatched into reality.
Diwali is as much as a festival of lights as it is of colours and Rangoli competitions are a must for any college as part of their Diwali celebration. Rangoli is symbol of prosperity and brings good luck to people who decorate it; so why not give it a chance and create stunning Rangoli designs that can impress your friends and professors alike. While Rangoli competitions are a common thing in colleges, you can spice things up by making it a completely organic competition in which instead of using chemical based colours you can use traditional materials like coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand, wood saw dust, flower petals etc. Organic Rangoli not only will add a new dimension to your college rangoli competition but will also be good for environment.
Conduct a Ramlila Play
Diwali is the festival that commemorates the return of Lord Rama from exile to his homeland Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. Ramlila is conducted or enacted throughout the country as part the Diwali festivities, then why should your college campus stay behind. Organize a Ramlila play or enactment in your college and invite your friends and family to watch it. If you want to give it a twist to make things more interesting, you can give a contemporary twist to it and enact how Ramlila would look if the events took place today. This would make things quite interesting with Lord Rama contacting Hanuman over the phone or Hanuman dropping a phone instead of ring so that Lord Rama and Sita could video call each other while things get sorted.
Mythology Quiz Competition
India is a land of folklore and mythological legends. These stories and folklores have been passed down by generations and form an integral part of the Indian culture. They are a great medium for the elders to inculcate in the younger generations the customs and traditions of their religion and cultural beliefs. Story telling is one of the best mediums for conveying messages and teachings of our cultures. The stories in the Indian Mythology vary from subtle tales of Panchantra and Jataka tales to that of the tales of life paradigm in stories like Ramayana and Mahabharta. Furthermore, there are different stories from other religions to the local folklore like the ones from the states of south India.
Colleges can conduct quiz competitions to the test the students on the knowledge of the various mythological stories of our country. To make the session more informative they can call in subject experts to talk on the cultural diversity and the various myths of the land of India.
Conduct a Debate on Celebrating Cracker Free Diwali
The recent ban by the Supreme Court on sale of Firecrackers in Delhi and NCR region has received mixed reactions from the people. While we all know that burning crackers during Diwali can lead to pollution but it is part of our culture and heritage and cannot be ignored completely. Therefore, there are different voices and opinions on this topic. To capture all the different point of views on the topic you can conduct a debate on the topic of 'Say No To Crackers'. This debate can bring out all the pros and cons of the cracker ban on Diwali and will it have any significant impact on pollution. Plus, it would also be a great way to spread awareness about safe and cracker less Diwali.
Diwali Celebrations can attain a new form with these creative ideas. Hosting such events in your college campus can help foster creativity and also provide students with a platform to showcase their talents. So go ahead, and plan a cool Diwali celebration in your college.
Have a fun-filled and safe Diwali.