CBU Celebrates Diwali

To the CBU Community,

I’m writing today to wish all those who celebrate, a very happy Diwali. Diwali is India’s biggest festival of the year and will officially be observed this Thursday, November 4. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is celebrated across India and is very important to many of our students and employees at Cape Breton University.

Our community, the country and the world continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year, yet again, our Diwali celebration looks very different from those of past years. I hoped that we would be able to celebrate this important and beautiful cultural occasion in the Canada Games Complex, but that is not the case. We have made this decision with the health and safety of our students, employees and the community in mind as this has been our number one priority during the pandemic.

However, with the spirit of Diwali and all that it stands for in mind, Cape Breton University will celebrate with a three-day cultural showcase highlighting Indian cuisine, Rangoli, a fashion show and several other aspects. This festival began on November 1 and will run through November 3 on campus, with video components launching November 4. It is my great hope to come back next year with a large-scale celebration that will be bigger and better than ever.

I hope this change in plans does not diminish your own celebration of lights and that you will still enjoy great food and great company with family and friends. However, I do urge you to take precautions and to be safe and mindful as you mark this spectacular occasion. There are rules and regulations in place as it pertains to gathering right now, and those are to be respected.

I am so proud that India has such a strong presence at Cape Breton University. You make a significant difference on our campus, and are also making a tremendous impact in communities all over Cape Breton Island. May the illuminating Diwali lights surround you and your loved ones with happiness and positivity. I wish you the very best Diwali.

Stay safe and remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, get vaccinated and respect physical distancing where possible.

Yours very truly,

David C. Dingwall
President and Vice-Chancellor