Geelong: 2019 Deakin University Diwali Festival

Diwali at DeakinDeakin University welcomes all members of the Deakin uni community (and beyond) to celebrate the Diwali or Deepavali Festival at Waurn Ponds, on Thursday, 31 October 2019 from 6pm onwards at the Waurn Ponds Campus.

Diwali is a five-day festival in many regions of India, with Diwali night centering on the new moon – the darkest night – at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwini and the start of the month of Karthika. In the Common Era calendar, Diwali typically falls towards the end of October, or first half of November each year. The darkest night of autumn lit with diyas, candles and lanterns, makes the festival of lights particularly memorable. Diwali is also a festival of sounds and sights with fireworks and rangoli designs; the festival is a major celebration of flavors with feasts and numerous mithai (sweets, desserts), as well as a festival of emotions where Diwali ritually brings family and friends together every year.

This year, to mark the 11th annual Deakin University Diwali Festival we have relocated to our stunning Waurn Ponds Campus. Our open campus allows convenient access to all food, activities and entertainment simultaneously, creating a true festival environment.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, an annual celebration that signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. It’s a joyful milestone celebrated by people across the world irrespective of their culture or religion.

There will be:

  • cultural performances
  • DJ
  • food and market stalls
  • free activities and henna art
  • rangoli artwork display
  • spectacular fireworks display!

This is a free family-friendly community event.

Transport options available for Deakin staff and students from the Burwood Campus pending interest.

We hope you can join us for this celebration.

Event Details

Date: Thu., 31 October 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT
Location: Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus, 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216
Registration: Please register early to guarantee entry.
Bookings: Online at Eventbrite
More Information: please email


Diwali at Deakin