Early in December the Stony Brook campus community came together for the 17th Annual Festival of Lights, an intercultural program that celebrates the diversity of religions through holiday traditions.
The program highlights various faiths, including Christmas/Advent/Three Kings Day (Christian), Hanukkah (Jewish), Ramadan/Eid-ul Fitr/Eid-Adha (Muslim), Diwali (Hindu), Winter Solstice (Native American) and Kwanzaa (African American).
The Festival of Lights took place at the Student Activities Center’s Sidney Gelber Auditorium.
Hundreds of students, faculty and staff enjoyed holidays displays and ethnic foods. Participants were invited to make a variety of holiday crafts as part of the Festival’s “Make It, Take It,” activities.
Live performances in song, dance and poetry on the main stage were held at the free community event. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Interfaith Center, the Festival of LIghts has become a campus tradition, reflecting the diversity of the campus.
Learn more about the Office of Multicultural Affairs: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/oma/
Learn more about the Interfaith Center: http://www.sbinterfaith.org/