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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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
More info about Diwali/Deepavali can be found at: www.diwali2012.in/ and http://hinduism.about.com/cs/diwali/a/aa102003a.htm