Diwali at the Chapel 2021

This in-person event is open to all fully vaccinated adults. PUID Holders may swipe in using their prox cards. All others MUST pre-register.

Pre-Register HERE.


We had to make the difficult decision to forego an in-person gathering last year, and instead premiered Divya Jyoti, our virtual offering. We return this year, gathering together in the university chapel for an evening of devotional song and dance, worship, and spiritual reflection. The need to exercise caution and follow university protocols in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic mean that our celebration will be a bit smaller and simpler this year. But we are excited and can’t wait to share this special night with you. Thank you for being a part of our community!


— Vineet Chander, Assistant Dean, Hindu Life



Q: Who is able to attend DATC 2021?

A: We are delighted to once again open up this town-and-gown celebration to the wider community along with our students, faculty, and staff. All those attending or participating in Diwali at the Chapel 2021 must be FULLY VACCINATED. (The university defines fully vaccinated as at least two weeks removed from one’s final dose.) Unvaccinated individuals may not attend. In addition, to ensure everyone’s safety, no child under the age of 12 will be permitted. All visitors must attest to being fully vaccinated and pre-register before attending. These policies will be strictly enforced without exception. 

Q: Will other Covid-19 protocol be required of attendees who are vaccinated?

A: Again, our expectation is that ALL attendees will be vaccinated. In addition, in line with the university’s guidelines and mandates, all attendees will be required to wear a face mask throughout the duration of the event and at all times while indoors. (Presenters may temporarily remove their masks while presenting or speaking.)  Additionally, we encourage attendees to make the most of the spaciousness of the Chapel and to practice social distance as far as possible. Hand sanitizer will be made available, and we encourage participants to sanitize hands before and after touching shared surfaces. 

Q: What else will be different about this year’s celebration?

A: In light of the ongoing challenges with combating Covid-19, we have intentionally chosen to simplify and shorten this year’s program. For instance, in lieu of hosting a special guest presenter as we have done in years past, we are focusing on presenting devotional offerings from Princeton university students and staff this year. Wearing a mask for long periods of time can be exhausting, so we are aiming to offer a shorter celebration. We also understand that the policies around who can attend will likely mean a slightly reduced turnout. While we generally love to see big crowds in attendance at DATC, this year we hope to realize a smaller gathering that is held in the safest way possible. 


Please explore the rest of this website to learn more about the holiday behind the celebration and how it has come to be joyously celebrated in the historic Princeton University Chapel. You can also find out more about our special guest presenters and sample some sights and sounds from previous years’ celebrations. Need driving directions or information about parking? Find out more here. Diwali at the Chapel is a free event and is open to all. We need your support to keep it that way! Please find out how you can help to contribute toward this annual event.

Please email us at hindu@princeton.edu if you need any further information.