Converse Hall Shines in a Season of Light

Westminster College's Converse building lit with purple lights in celebration of the holiday season.

December 13, 2021

Westminster College opened the 2021 holiday season with a new campus tradition made possible through the generous donation of alumna (’79) and Board of Trustees member Kim T. Adamson: the lighting of Converse Hall. President Bethami Dobkin hosted a lighting ceremony on November 4 to an excited crowd gathered in Converse Circle. They ate cookies and drank cider as a jazz quartet played in the background. With a flip of a switch, purple and gold lights beamed from the eaves of Converse Hall. The cheerful moment is just one of the ways the college is restoring our Westminster community on campus and reviving personal connections that bring joy to our work.

“Let’s take moments this holiday season to recognize everyone’s care, commitment, and positive impact in both bringing back old traditions and creating new ones,” remarked President Dobkin. “These lights showcase the beauty of our campus and symbolize the joy and light of learning that inspires our work together.”

Prior to the event, Westminster’s Office of Global Peace and Spirituality organized a group discussion on the meanings of light to various cultures and religions through scientific, spiritual, and secular world views. Westminster wishes all in our community a season of joy.

Date Celebration Faith/Tradition
November 4, 2021 Diwali (Deepavali) Hindu
November 4, 2021 Diwali/Mahavir Nirvana Jain
November 5, 2021 Vikram New Year Hindu
November 5–6, 2021 Twin Holy Days: Birth of the Bab/Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
November 13, 2021 Jain New Year Jain
November 19, 2021 Guru Nanak's Birthday Sikh
November 24, 2021 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Sikh
November 26, 2021 Day of the Covenant Baha'i
November 28, 2021 Advent begins Christian
November 28, 2021 Hanukkah begins Judaism
December 3, 2021 Feast of St. Francis Xaiver Christian
December 6, 2021 Hanukkah ends Judaism
December 8, 2021 Bodhi Day Buddhism
December 21, 2021 Yule/Winter Solstice Indigenous
December 25, 2021 Christmas/Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ Christian
December 26, 2021 Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathustra) Zoroastrian
December 26, 2021 Kwanzaa begins Racial/Ethnic (African and Black Americans)
December 31, 2021 Ghambar Maidyarem begins Zoroastrian
January 1, 2022 Kwanzaa ends Racial/Ethnic (African and Black Americans)
January 4, 2022 Ghambar Maidyarem ends Zoroastrian