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Diwali 2013 - presented by Deakin Research

7th November 2013
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).


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 spiritual message of lighting diyas/ candles is "lead me to light" as :
  • Light symbolizes knowledge:
  • Light is Lord Himself:
  • Light removes darkness that symbolizes ignorance.
Performers and organisers at the 2012 celebration with Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and Professor Peter HodgsonDiwali traditionally being a celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness has a special significance for Indian people at home and abroad, irrespective of their culture and religion. It signifies unity in Indian diversity. Diwali celebration is also traditionally accompanied by exchanging sweets, gifts and the explosion of fireworks.

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 7 November from 4 - 6 pm. The venue for this free event 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 by the 1st November. Please register your attendance (for transport purposes) by 25th October.

For more information on our celebration, please contact Rupinder Kanwar or Helen Woodall

Enjoying Indian food Performers dancing Performers and audience dancing

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

21st October 2013