In Fairbanks, many restaurants exist that offer great Thai, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Mexican or American food. Unfortunately, there is no Indian restaurant. Thus, many of the Fairbanks community look forward to the Diwali party at UAF. The Indian student community organizes this party every year around Diwali. Supported by faculty and their families from India they use the kitchen facilities and spent an entire Saturday morning and afternoon to prepare various Indian dishes. These dishes are served to the guests who were lucky enough to got tickets. Do I have to say that tickets sell by invitation only?
I love Indian food and I feel so honored that this year again I was invited to buy a ticket for us.
Besides the food I love to see the new sarees the Indian women are wearing. They are such fashionistas with the best outfits at Diwali. Wearing the same saree twice at the Diwali events is a big fashion faux pas. I have been called on this once by more than one of my girl friends. 😉
Diwali is a real fashion challenge for me. Ever since I bought the tickets 3 weeks ago, I thought about what to wear. Being brave and wear the same saree a third time or wearing the embroidered kameez of my salwar kameez with my leather pants? The original salwar (pants) are too small for my musculus calves from dancing. Decisions, decisions.
I took the plunge and went for the same saree the third time. However, I wrapped it Munaz style. My idea was that this way the look would be embroidery and sequins all over the outfit. This style wraps the fabric three times very tightly around the body with only two faults. The wrapping is at different heights. Thus, one can’t see that the saree has only embroidery along the lower part. You can imagine how proud I was when a friend said
Wow you have a new saree.
A minority of the female non-Indian guests wears sarees or panjaris. However, they still out-number the women who wear evening attire. The majority wears Fairbanks Formal as does the majority of men. Of course, a Chanel bag is always appropriate at the event.
I asked this incredibly stylish young woman whether I could post her outfit. She has such great style. You have seen another awesome street style look of her before here on the blog in the post at the link.
The students always put on a great entertainment program at Diwali. Of course, there is always the story behind the Diwali festivities. However, it’s presented each year in a different way. Thus, it’s never boring to hear and/or see the story again. This year Krishna’s story was presented in addition in form of dances. Of course, there is also cultural information about their home country. Some students and faculty presented songs. Being an avid dancer, my favorite part of the entertainment are of course the Bollywood dances.
After the official part of the evening is over, the students play the newest songs and music from India and those who like stay on for dancing. These are mostly the Indian folks. However, some from the community also stay just to watch.
Do you like Indian food? Do you like Indian traditional outfits? Would you like to try them out yourself?
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