Hey everyone! I hope you had great Thanksgiving! The last several weeks on campus have been interesting and full of new experiences!
For the first time I celebrated el Día de los Muertes. This is a Mexican holdiay, that focuses on the gatherings of family and friends to pray and remember friends and family members who have died. For our Spanish class, each student brought a picture of a family friend or someone famous whom have passed away. We then decorated the picture with images, colors, and glitter and hung the murals on the wall to remember and celebrate their lives.
After celebrating Día de los Muertos, the men’s tennis team headed to Virginia for our last tournament of the fall. In the tournament, we played several matches against William and Mary, Notre Dame, and Old Dominion. After the tournament we walked around William and Mary’s campus, and took our annual picture at the Sunken Gardens.
On November 11th, the students at Harvard celebrated Diwali in one of the upperclassmen houses, Lowell House. Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is one of the most important Hindhu festivals of the year. Commonly it is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities in their homes. While Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal. The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of good over evil”, refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, and transcendent reality. The house masters for Lowell House were kind enough to host Diwali in their home. They hosted an Indian Puja(prayer) and sang several bhajans(songs). Afterword, we had an authentic Indian Dinner to celebrate the occasion.
The weekend of 17-18th marked the 129th Harvard-Yale Football Game. There was a special vibe on campus as many Harvard alumni and Yale students swarm Harvard’s campus. The Friends of Harvard Tennis hosted a tailgate in the Beren Tennis Center, so we had a chance to meet many of the Harvard Tennis Alumni that were present. It was great to hear about their experiences in college as well as their pursuits after graduation. The football game was also very entertaining, but the social experience of the Harvard-Yale game was really special.
Lastly, I once again spent Thanksgiving at a friend’s house. The Steinroeder Family were kind enough to host me again this year, and it was great to spend a couple of days away from campus before returning for the final stretch of the semester. Happy Holidays everyone!
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