MBA Class of 2018 celebrates diversity through Diwali festival

Festivities took place on campus to celebrate the Indian Diwali festival, organised for and by students of the International Full-time MBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) on Saturday 21 October. Around 70 MBA students from the Class of 2018 and their families plus RSM staff members joined the event.

Italian MBA student Massimiliano Bohm said he is proud of the diversity at RSM. “I wanted to learn more about a festivity so important to my Indian classmates,” he said, adding that the food and dancing were the highlights of the evening for him. Classmate Natalia Makhno agrees. “It was great to learn something new about a different culture,” said the Russian MBA participant.

Attendees learned more about Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. “Diwali (or Deepavali) is the Hindu festival of light, which signifies the victory of light over darkness, and good over evil,” explains MBA student Abhishek Govil, adding that people usually dress up in their best clothes, light up lamps and candles in their homes, have family prayers and then watch fireworks.


A new family

“In India, festivals are always celebrated with the entire family. So we wanted to celebrate Diwali here in Rotterdam with our new family,” said Govil. At the event on campus, students brought various Indian dishes ranging from punjabi chole to South Indian homemade vadas and various curries. Not only Indian students prepared the food. There were also dishes from Thailand, Portugal and other countries.

Several MBA students showed up in traditional Indian attire such as sarees, salwar kameez, and kurti. This, in combination with the Bollywood music and a poker tournament, made the atmosphere really vibrant, Govil said. Proceeds from the poker tournament were donated to the #RSMAmigos campaign which raised funds to help victims of the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

The event was organised by Indian MBA students, in co-operation with the MBA Student Association.

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