The Deakin Campuses at Waurn Ponds and Melbourne will come alight this week to celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. One of the most important festivals on the Hindu almanac, Diwali spiritually symbolises the victory of good and the vanquishing of evil.
An autumn festival in the Northern Hemisphere, Diwali is celebrated in spring in Australia by the Indian communities within universities and social organisations. And Melbourne being the multicultural heart of Australia, people from many other backgrounds join in the festivities reinforcing the message of harmony, unity and camaraderie.
Deakin University has been hosting a Diwali festival for many years. With each successive year, the celebrations have grown bigger and bigger. Photos of the past celebrations show the sheer energy everyone brings to the celebrations. Academics, researchers, students and Deakin staff from many cultural backgrounds have participated in the festivities with equal aplomb.
This year, celebrations will take place on Friday 13 November at the Melbourne Burwood Campus and the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. With Indian cultural events including music, and Bollywood dance of course, ethnic food and other festive activities on the program list, the Diwali celebrations are poised to be a hit again this year.
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