Inaugurated in 2008, Diwali at the Chapel has since become the university’s largest and grandest celebration of Diwali on campus. Each year, more than 500 people–students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community–gather in the historic Princeton University Chapel for this unique take on Hinduism’s Festival of Lights. The event features offerings of devotional music and dance, traditional worship (aarti), and spiritual reflections.
In light of the Covid-19 global pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, in 2020 we made the decision to forego our annual celebration at the chapel. Instead, we created Divya Jyoti, a virtual collection of devotional song and dance presented as an offering and premiered on Diwali evening.
Diwali — whether at the chapel or virtually — remains the Hindu Life Program’s flagship event and celebration of Hindu culture, tradition, and spirituality.
Find out more about Diwali at the Chapel by visiting our sister site, diwali.princeton.edu.