Friday October 19th saw the South Asia Business Group (SABG) organize their annual Diwali boat cruise party. The Diwali boat party, which is a big hit in the Booth community, has been the hallmark SABG event for many years now. Last year, the Diwali party got featured in the list of Top 10 Business School parties as compiled by Business Insider. This year, the event was organized on Mystic River, one of the largest party boats at Navy Pier. The event was open to the entire Booth community and saw more than 180 guests celebrating in style for three hours.
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. It commemorates the return of Lord Rama, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with candles and by bursting firecrackers. In modern day India, the festival is associated with candles, firecrackers, sweets and lots of partying. SABG continues to celebrate the spirit of Diwali through the annual boat cruise party.
Most guests were wearing Indian ethnic – kurtas for men and sarees for women. The evening included six choreographed dance performances – three by first years and three by second years. The dance styles varied from contemporary Bollywood to the traditional, more energetic, Bhangra. The first year dance group also lit up the evening by dancing to the uber-famous Gangnam Style!
With an open bar, a bottomless platter of food and a DJ playing popular Bollywood numbers, the guests enjoyed the party to the fullest. The dancing continued late into the evening and the dance floor was packed till the end of the evening. The guests also had access to the boat's top deck and many groups braved the cold to get a peek at the amazing Chicago skyline. Definitely one of the best school parties this fall!
The actual festival of Diwali falls on November 13, 2012. To know more about the Indian culture and the festival of Diwali, do attend the Diwali Puja organized by the South Asia Students Association (SASA) at University of Chicago.