The five-day festival of Diwali was this past week, and Duke community still has no idea what it is.
“I figured out it’s Diwali because somebody posted about it on Facebook,” said one Duke University student, who declined to be named for fear of sounding culturally unaware. “I don’t know what it is, but I haven’t asked. It would totally ruin my reputation as a social activist if people knew I didn’t know what it was. If I asked, people would think I was uninformed. It was Indian kids posting it online, so I guess it’s a Hindi thing."