This past Saturday night was filled with friends, food, and funny scenes. I went with friends to Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness, put on by Colgate’s own Hindu Student Association (HSA). Every year, the HSA invites the entire campus and community members in the surrounding town of Hamilton to come and learn a bit about this Hindu festival, and share a meal together. With various candles and lights setting the mood, there was a short ceremony, giving the history and meaning behind Diwali, followed by some fantastic food. After the meal, we usually all head outside for fireworks, though the rain had something to say about that this year. Regardless, it was a fantastic way to spend an evening, and a great dinner at that.
After Diwali, I went with some friends to the 24 Hour Burn, a one night theatre event put on by Masque & Triangle, the student theatre society I’m a part of! Once a semester, we’ll pick a weekend for the 24 Hour Burn, in which anyone who signs up to be a “writer” has 12 hours — from 8pm Friday to 8am Saturday — to write their own scene, whatever they’d like. At 8am on Saturday, the writers hand their freshly finished scripts off to those who have signed up to direct and act, and they have the next 12 hours, until 8pm that Saturday, to rehearse, memorize, and work on their scene together, culminating in a performance for the community! It’s really phenomenal to see how creative, funny, and talented students can be, producing multiple scenes in only 24 hours! It’s an awesome, low-commitment way that students are able to try out theatre, and test their creative side. The performances on Saturday were stellar, ranging from a misunderstood mime, to a college senior wishing she could return to her freshman days, to even a scene about secondary characters in media petitioning to the “main characters” for equal rights and treatment. What a great way to start a Saturday evening.