Carnival Is a Global Party, But Why?

By DJ Nelson, Staff Writer Carnival is a festival held around the world, but do we really understand what the partying is all about? It all started in ancient Egypt as a pagan tradition to celebrate the coming of Spring. Then, in 332 B.C. Alexander the Great conquered Egypt and the festival was adopted by […]

Diwali: Celebrating a Festival of Lights

By Laura Aviles, Staff Writer The 29th and 30th of October is the celebration of the Diwali festival, which is the most celebrated Indian festival and one of the most important holidays of the year. Diwali is a very important holiday for Hindus, much like Christmas is very important to Christians. In fact, as India is a multicultural […]

Get Out of Glendale: Food & Culture Festivals Edition

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Like most Thunderbirds, I love attending cultural festivals, trying new foods, and experiencing international traditions. Luckily, I’ve lived in several cities the past of couple of years that have allowed me to engage in these types of activities. I moved to Phoenix last August from Boston, and when I first got […]

Harvest Festivals in the East

By Chaitra Somasundar, Staff Writer Makar Sankranti, also known as the kite-flying festival is celebrated on January 15th of every year and is one of the most popular winter harvest festivals celebrated across India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Many Indians believe that the Sun ends its southward journey at the Tropic of Capricorn (known as […]

Diwali – The Festival of Lights

By Chaitra Somasundar, Staff Writer Diwali, also known as Deepawali, derives from the word diya/deepa, which means lamp. Diwali is a festival of lights that celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. It is celebrated on the New Moon’s night of the month of Karthik (according to the Hindu calendar). In the […]

Get Out of Glendale: Phoenix Music Scene

By Lauren Herber, Staff Writer Being a large metropolitan city, Phoenix has often been host to big-name artists such as Kanye West, Selena Gomez, and Flo Rida. It’s also a hub, however, for up-and-coming artists who are extremely talented though still relatively unknown. As a person with a very diverse taste in music, I’m always […]

Global Festival – Durga Puja

By Sanghita Dey, Staff Writer India, a land of festivals, celebrates every festival with huge zeal and enthusiasm. The month of October through December is the festive season, starting with Durga Puja, Diwali, Christmas and ending with New Year. India is celebrating Durga Puja (Durga worship) now. Due to high cultural diversity, different parts of […]

Get Out of Glendale: Oktoberfest

By Lauren Herber, Staff Writer This past weekend (October 9-11), Four Peaks Brewing Company hosted their annual Oktoberfest festival. The festival was held at Tempe Beach Park and was a family-friendly event that had something to offer to people of all ages. There was a carnival featuring games and rides for younger children and live […]

Lunar Festival Brings Vietnam to Arizona

By: Guest Writers Jasmine Pham, David J. Roman, and Vince Vu Nghia (Vince) Vu (MBA ’15, Vietnam) recalled with a smile how Ho Chi Minh City comes alive for the Tet Nguyen Dan festival, vibrant horticultural displays everywhere along “Flower Street” for three weeks. He and Tra (Jasmine) Pham (MBA ’15, Vietnam) are both the […]