While teaching at partnering university PES in Bangalore, India, John
Lipinski, IUP MBA Program coordinator and Eberly College of Business and Information Technology professor, was invited
to celebrate the start of the Dasara festival (also known as Navaratri) with
our Indian MBA students.
Dasara, which is celebrated over nine nights, is a Hindu holiday
celebrated each autumn. A time when Indians celebrate and get together with
family, Dasara is the traditional start of the holiday season and begins the
preparation for one of India’s biggest holidays, Diwali, the celebration of
Dasara is a harvest festival which celebrates the
victory of good, the Hindu god Rama, over evil, the demon king Ravana. In the
nearby city of Mysore it is celebrated with a famous religious procession of
The students celebrated the day by wearing their traditional dress
representing their personal heritage and shared a celebratory lunch.
Lipinski commented that it was wonderful being invited to celebrate with our
students, and it is a phenomenal opportunity to share special cultural moments
with our students. He further stated that one of the amazing parts of IUP’s
international programs is the opportunity for our professors to learn in depth
about other cultures and bring that knowledge back to the home campus. Further,
it is an incredible opportunity for our American students to work with our
Indian students when they come to study at our main campus.