Where ever there are Indians, there will be a party to celebrate the festival of lights. This post is about such a party in Fairbanks, Alaska and features the best looks.
- Indian students invite Fairbanksans to celebrate Diwali
- The food
- The fashion at the Festival of Lights
- What I wore at Diwali
Indian students invite Fairbanksans to celebrate Diwali
Every year around Diwali, the Indian student club of the University Alaska Fairbanks organizes a Diwali dinner party at the Wood Center. The tickets are often sold out more than a months before. There is no advertising. It is all word of month.
The students spent the entire day cooking Indian dishes. It is a big logistic thing to do all the shopping, cooking, and keeping the food warm for serving. They also prepared the ballroom to look festive and put on a show that educates about India.
Each year, I am looking forward to this event. Of course, I love the Indian food. In a town, where you only can get Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Korean, Greek and American food, another taste is always more than welcome.
The fashion at the Festival of Lights
However, the thing I love the most is the fashion. The wives of the Indian professors, the female Indian professors, their daughters and the female Indian students are real down-to-the-bone fashionistas when it comes to Indian clothes. I have never seen one of them wearing the same sari or other Indian outfit twice! They sure know what is best to wear at a Diwali party.
From the Bollywood movie scenes that the students showed, one could see that these women are on top of things wearing this season’s Indian Must-haves. I love the bright and bold colors of the outfits and the attention to details like embroidery, color combinations, beading and matching colors when wearing costume jewelry. Read more on what is best to wear at a Diwali party in the post at the link.
What I wore at Diwali
One year I dared to “recycle” a sari I had worn five years before and got caught. Thus, I won’t make this mistake twice. However, now I am always stressed out what to wear at Diwali.
This year I wore the burgundy (this seasons trend color!) dress over pants outfit with hand-painted embellishment shown in the first two photos of this post. I paired it with a pair of brand new dancing shoes. I added the red spot on my face with nail polish so it would stay on for the night.
There were various groups performing Indian dances, playing Indian music or singing traditional or modern Indian songs.
Street chic outfits
Are there heritage celebrations in the town where you live? Do you like to attend them? Is it hard to get tickets? Do you try to wear the ethnic clothing when attending? I am curious.
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Photos: N. Mölders, G. Kramm
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