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 is officially observed today, October 24. 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, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore and other South Asian countries and is very important to many of our students and employees at Cape Breton University.
This past week, many students took part in henna, crafts, music and celebrations on campus and at Cineplex. Those activities will continue today, in addition to a traditional Indian lunch that will be available for $5 in the main cafeteria and a fashion show in the Boardmore Playhouse from 5:00-7:00pm. I hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy the celebration and excitement around campus.
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.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President and Vice-Chancellor