Elon to host Festival of Lights and Luminaries event on Nov. 29 – Today at Elon

Elon to host Festival of Lights and Luminaries event on Nov. 29 – Today at Elon

By Trajan Warren, staff
November 18, 2022
Join the entire Elon community for a university tradition and celebration of light that kicks off the winter holiday season.
The entire Elon campus will shine bright during the annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Campus organizations, faith-based and otherwise, will display the importance of light during what it considered Elon’s “most beloved tradition.”
Organized by the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, the theme of this year’s festival is “Celebrate the Light,” and includes 10 interactive stations focused on the significance light has in those respective faiths. The variety of stations will highlight the diversity of religious, spiritual and ethical traditions, worldviews and identities on Elon’s campus.
“Tying everything to the theme of ‘Celebrate the Light’ really makes us see a snapshot or a peek into the way that different traditions celebrate the light. We hope this will be a wonderful way to celebrate the diversity on campus,” said Hillary Zaken, interim assistant dean of Multifaith Engagement.
The Winter Wonderland element of the festival is sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures and will include eight campus language organizations in the Lambert Academic Village.
The planning of the festival has been a collaborative effort, Zaken said, by those in the Truitt Center as well as campus partners, such as Facilities Management. “The campus is just magical on that night. But you can’t create magic without a lot of hard and important collaborative work across different divisions and departments,” Zaken said.
For more than 30 years, the festival has been open for all in the Elon community to enjoy. This year, Zaken and her team in the Truitt Center wanted to make the event more intentional about what it represents. Creating spaces for all to feel welcome and engage on a more focused theme is the goal for the event and she hopes that those who attend will leave more informed and spiritually enriched.
“There are so many different individuals in this community and together, we light up the campus,” Zaken said.
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Join the entire Elon community for a university tradition and celebration of light that kicks off the winter holiday season.
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