Diwali celebrations in GIM are very very special. Am surprised that none of our regular contributors (Snape , Akkinaya and the rest) have mentioned anything about it. For the benefit of all the guys visiting the thread and to generate nostalgia among our seniors, here's an account of Diwali celebrations in Campus.
Diwali celebrations were held on the 28th of November. Goa celebrates Diwali on the day that Lord Krishna slays the demon Narakasura and hence 27th Oct was the official holiday granted to the students.(the holiday was just in name as the Finance students still had classes, so glad that I took marketing
). however as majority of the students wanted to celebrate Diwali on the day of Lakshmi Puja and the day when Ram returns to Ayodhya, hence it was celebrated on the 28th of December.
on 26th nite, quite a few guys from campus went to Panjim at 00:00 hrs to watch the procession of Narakasura's. Every year there is a competition held for the best Narakasura effigy and this year was no different with a wide variety of effigies being paraded around to win top prize.
During the festive period,the college was lit up as usual with lights and stars etc.. Prayas provided everyone with candles and diyas to light up their rooms. lots of the devotees also bought their own decorations to celebrate the festive occasion.
On the 28th, Puja was held in the Quad around 8 p.m. After this dinner,(pure veg) was served in the quad. I hope everyone else enjoyed the food as much as we did. after that at 10 p.m. , the gates were opened. To where u may ask,..Well the one, the only, that most elusive place where no man ever goes, (or rather where he is barred from going).
THE LADIES HOSTEL!!!
Diwali time is the only time when guys are allowed access to the LH for a couple of hours in order to wish everyone. Otherwise it carries a hefty 1000 bucks fine for entering the LH. After that the next 2 hours were pure pandemonium. Describing it here in public forum would not do it justice. Lets just say that it was a lot of fun.
and an experience that can be shared only by experiencing it after u get here and celebrate Diwali here along with us.
Diwali kinda marks the end of a journey for us at GIM. It signals that its time to start preparing wholeheartedly for placement season and also makes us seniors aware that we have such a short stay left at this paradise on earth that we call the Goa Institute of Management.
Here's hoping that this beautiful festival of lights continues to light everyone's life for several years to come.