National diversity and Diwali Light Festival at RTA

Monday, 12. november
On 7th November with aim to inform students and academic staff of Rezekne Academy of Technologies (RTA) about opportunities provided by the Erasmus+ mobility programmes and encourage to participate in them, RTA organized the event which also offered insight into the rich diversity of the RTA students and Diwali, the festival of lights, which is celebrated in India and around the world. Diwali is the festival to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

The hosts of the event: Santa Gricāne (Latvia), head of International Relations, Student Council, student at the study programme “Applied Communication and Translation” and Jesus Moreno Quesada (Spain), volunteer at the Erasmus+ programme, did their best to create vigorous atmosphere.

The first part of the event was devoted to the presentations of the RTA`s students. Zane Grāvīte (Latvia), student at the study programme Social Pedagogue, shared her Erasmus+ experience and told the audience about her studies at VIA University Collage in Denmark revealing not only the differences in the study process, but also her own observations on Danish lifestyle. The student`s presentation was followed by the fun game Fruit Salad, during which Jesus Moreno managed to stir up the participants of the event.

After that everyone was invited to the Art Terrace where Indian students offered to try delicious dish- manna pudding. In the relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere, Indian students answered questions and gave insight into Indian culture and traditions.

Having partaken of the sweet and nutritious dish, everyone gathered in the hall to listen to the rest of the presentations. French students gave a brief insight into French culture and introduced to the University of Saint-Nazaire. Turkish representative showed a video revealing the diversity and beauty of his country and invited everyone to visit Turkey to get to know it.

The presentation of Pakistan began with a call to stand up because, in showing respect for their country, the students played the national anthem before their story. The audience learned not only many general, geographical, and historical facts about Pakistan, but also gained information about Pakistani dishes and famous personalities.

The first part of the event ended with a presentation by Indian students during which not only general and historical facts were told, for example, that the world`s first university was established in Takshila (India) in 700b.c., but also information about Indian national symbols. Furthermore, a cartoon about Diwali was demonstrated, revealing the traditions of the festival.

After the presentations everyone was invited to the yard of the academy to light up candles and, in accordance with Diwali traditions, arrange them in rows. The atmosphere of Diwali was emphasized by a rangoli design created by Indian students. Rangoli is a traditional Indian ornament in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand, or flower petals. During the event, a traditional Indian dance was demonstrated.

The event went down a storm and revealed the international atmosphere at the RTA.


 RTA Public Relations Department

Photos by Māris Justs

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