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Diwali 2012

15th November 2012
4 - 6 pm, Waurn Ponds campus

The most important and vibrant Indian Festival of Lights for all

The name Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali (Deep + Avali)
which translates into "row of lamps" (Deep = Diya (earthen lamp) Avali = a row).

Rangoli decorations of Diwali

Diwali celebrations may vary in diverse cultures of India and its different communities but the festival is a celebration of life, its:
  • Enjoyment
  • Goodness
  • Significance; and
  • spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light".
Diwali celebrates the victory of Good over Evil and Light over Darkness. Therefore, the significance of lighting diyas/ candles:
  • Light symbolizes knowledge:
  • Light is Lord Himself:
  • Light removes darkness that symbolizes ignorance.
An auspicious start of the ceremony with  lighting the diya by VC Prof Jane den Hollander and  DVC ( R) Prof Lee AstheimerIt has a major religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike - not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad. Diwali celebration is also invariably accompanied by the tradition of exchanging sweets and the explosion of fireworks.

2011 Diwali celebration

Celebrate Diwali - all welcome! IFM (formerly ITRI) has a tradition in celebrating Diwali with a cultural program developed by volunteers from its staff and students. This enthusiastic cultural program along with the serving of Indian sweets and snacks has been an enormous success in the past. This year everyone in the Deakin community is invited to attend Diwali celebrations at the Waurn Ponds Campus on Thursday 15 November from 4 - 6 pm. The venue for this free event is the stage in front of the cafe - if weather is cold or rainy, the alternative location is the KD Stewart Centre.

If you wish to travel from Burwood or Warrnambool to Geelong to join the celebration, transport arrangements will be confirmed during the week of 5 November. Please register your attendance (for transport purposes) by 2 November.

For more information on our celebration, please contact

More info about Diwali/Deepavali can be found at: and

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

8th November 2012