‘Festival of Light’ Holiday Posters Now Available for Departmental or Personal Use

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will soon be distributing its annual “Festival of Light” holiday posters to residence halls, administrative offices, other locations around campus, and local public schools.

The 10-inch by 15-inch posters are available to all campus departments at no charge. Departments that haven’t received the posters in previous years can be added to the annual distribution list by e-mailing Larry Goldbaum, director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

According to Goldbaum, the colorful posters are a longstanding and beloved tradition at UMass Amherst, promoting greater awareness and understanding of diverse religious and cultural traditions. The series was expanded from five posters to seven in 2011, with the addition of Diwali (an autumn festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains) and Chinese Lantern Festival (a cultural celebration marking the end of Chinese New Year), and further expanded last year with a new poster highlighting the Islamic holiday of Eid-al-Adha. The series also includes Hanukkah, Yule, Three Kings Day, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

The posters are also for personal use at $10 per set. To purchase one or more sets for personal use, contact Goldbaum for details on when and where to pick them up (the week before Thanksgiving). The deadline to order is Friday, Nov. 15.

More information, including images of the eight posters, can be found on the Religious and Spiritual Life website.