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Students, staff and faculty enjoy traditional dishes during the Diwali celebration on campus on October 18, 2017.

MAHWAH, N.J. – Students, faculty and staff celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, October 18. All enjoyed a delicious luncheon of traditional Indian and Nepali dishes, including paratha (flatbread), lentil and vegetable curries, samosa (potato-filled pastry), chicken kebob, saag paneer (spinach and cheese dish), chicken curry and sweet desserts (mithai).

The festival of lights celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Also known as Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps,” it is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated across South Asia. Diwali is typically held in autumn, either in October or November depending on the Hindu lunar calendar.

This year’s Diwali celebration was one of the largest Diwali event held at Ramapo.

“The beauty of such an event is to bring cultures and community together,” said Rajesh Adhikari, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. “We would like to thank everyone for making this event a huge success and wish you all a very Happy Diwali glowing with peace, joy and prosperity.”

The event was sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services of the Roukema Center for International Education and the Center for Student Involvement at Ramapo College.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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