Every year, millions people of diverse faiths come together to celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali.
Diwali is one of the most important occasions on the Hindu calendar. It’s an annual celebration that signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. It is a time to come together and experience a moment of joy, rejuvenation and good fortune. To mark the occasion, people around the world decorate their homes in delicate rangoli artworks, colourful candles and lights, and spend time with their families watching fireworks and sharing meals.
Legend has it that the festival honours Rama, the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. He is believed to have returned to his people on this day after a long exile, during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king, Ravana.
Diwali is celebrated in either October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. It’s observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar.
Come along and join in Deakin’s Diwali celebrations on Friday 20 October 2017. Official celebrations will take place at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.
When: Friday 20 October 2017, 5.30–9 pm.
Where: Costa Hall and the Geelong Foreshore.
What: Enjoy a range of activities including dance and musical performances, Indian market stalls showcasing delicious food, jewellery and saris, henna tattoos, children’s activities and more. The event will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display on the Geelong Foreshore.