RE's middle school celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with an exuberant and colorful festival on Nov. 3 that included dozens of student performers in traditional clothing and stretched from the gymnasium to the dining hall. The event opened with Indian music and dance, a fashion show, the lighting of diyas (oil lamps) and student presentations that explained Diwali's traditions and history. Photo Gallery
After the performances, students and faculty spilled from the gymnasium into the middle school quad to enjoy an Indian feast and various Diwali customs. Faculty Karina Buhler, Vanessa Lopez and Alissa Hirschl worked with RE parents to organize the first-time event, which also included an Indian dance troupe from the University of Miami. A beautiful rangoli brightened the school entrance patio.
Students enjoyed a lunch of chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, aloo gobi, naan and traditional Indian sweets. They each received a diya and had an opportunity to send best wishes to their friends and color traditional Indian decorations.
Dhilan Tak '27, Shaan Tak '29, John Holland '29, Edward Ronan '29 and Vinay Rajadhyaksha '29 opened the event in the gym, and Misha Gowda '28, Esha Nagalla '29 and Sofiya Dewan '29 presented historical and cultural information about Diwali. Other students helped decorate, assist with activities, create posters, dress the models, and play music.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.