Mangaluru: Diwali was celebrated with great enthusiasm at St Aloysius ITI on October 31.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all across India with great joy as it symbolises the victory of good over evil based on the “Ramayana”.
On this occasion, a rangoli competition was arranged for the students, who participated enthusiastically and exhibited their creativity. The judges for the competition were Alwyn Menezes, Diana Fernandes and John Barboza.
The programme was presided over by Rev. Fr Cyril D’mello SJ, Director of the institution.
Manjunatha Rao, junior training officer- electrician trade delivered spoke about the history and importance of Diwali.
In is presidential address, Rev Fr. Cyril D’mello said, “The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil. Evil is within us, our bad behaviour creates evil in ourselves and society. When we try to remove the evil from our lives, the festival will be celebrated in the right way. Diwali means lighting a lamp. We have to light not only ours lives but others’ lives as well.”
He then wished everyone on the occasion and congratulated all the participants of the rangoli competition for their hardwork and creativity.
A beautiful song on “Diwali” was presented by the students.
Robin Vas, junior training officer-MMV trade announced the winners of the rangoli competition. The first prize was given to MRAC-II, second prize- MD and third prize-Electrician II. Conciliation prizes were also given to all the participants.
The programme was concluded by singing the national anthem, thereafter which, sweets were distributed to all those gathered.
Earlier, the formal programme commenced with a meditative prayer conducted by Wilson N, junior training officer, MRAC trade. Kiran D’Souza, junior training officer welcomed the gathering. Dorin Snehaprabha, convenor of the programme proposed a vote of thanks. Mallaya, student of Electrician trade compered the programme.
Alwyn Menezes, Vice Principal and Noel Lobo, training officer were also present.