South Asian society holds annual Diwali Ball

Students enjoying the Diwali Ball. Images: Chandini Venkataramani

Newcastle South Asian Society’s annual Diwali Ball was held this year at the prestigious Lancastrian Suite in Dunston, Gateshead.

This event was planned by the society to bring, not only South Asian students but, everyone together to celebrate one of the biggest and most beloved festivals in the South Asian community.

The Vice-President of the society, Nikita Telkar, explained the event’s important stating: “It signifies new beginnings.”

Nikita Telkar began planning for the ball last year when the new committee was elected in April, and worked all through the summer with great support from the President, Chandini Sree, and the committee Sonali Venkat, Tanya Haldipur, Isha Karnik, Tanya Rupani, Nihal Sharma and Adwait Deshmukh.

Last year the event was held at the Beacon Newcastle but this year, the decision was made to relocate the event to the Lancastrian suite, which is home to one of the largest capacity banqueting suites in the North East.

Nikita Telkar said, on the decision: “(the Lancastrian Suite was) the best that there was, the biggest there was in the vicinity and we wanted to give our members a grand time, members and all our guests.”

The ball this year was a very festive event with everyone dressed in traditional South Asian clothes with over a hundred people attending this extravaganza,

Live entertainment was provided in the form of an instrumental performance, dance, singing hosted by very funny hosts and a live DJ as the committee tries the to improve and increase the standards, of the ball, every year.

A delicious three-course dinner was served to guests and was prepared by a chef who had travelled over 200 miles, from Birmingham.

The DJs, DJ Gaurav and Sandeep from Spice FM, have supported the Newcastle South Asian Society for many socials, over the past two years, providing the music and entertainment for the events.

The festival of Diwali is one of the oldest festivals in the Hindu tradition; it is embedded with historical and spiritual meanings.

Thousands of names and meanings have been attributed to the festival but its true meaning remains enduring.

Diwali is the festival of lights. It allows generations of family and friends to unite in a five-day long celebration of light, love, gratitude and blessings.

Every celebration calls for long-established festivities such as exchanging traditional homemade sweets, snacks, along with prayers, exchange of gifts, family feasts and different traditions every day.

The festival, also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated all over the world by lighting up the house with lanterns, diyas (oil lamps) and fireworks.

It is the celebration of Lord Ram returning with his wife, Sita, and brother, Laxshman, after Ram defeated Ravan to rescue Sita, from Lanka.

The lighting of homes represents light triumphing over spiritual darkness.

While many attendees were not able to be at home with their families, for this special celebration, guests still celebrated into the night with friends and colleagues.

Vishmie Sachinthanee said: “It made up for not being at home with family to celebrate this special occasion”

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