Discovering the brilliance of Diwali at Western

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Diwali, derived from the Sanskrit word dipavali, meaning ‘row of lights,’ is a splendid festival that unites people from every corner of the world. This celebration holds a special place in the hearts of Indians, who carry the essence of India wherever they go.

Western Sydney University’s (WSU) Parramatta campus was recently illuminated with the spirit of Diwali, a joyous event organised the Student Representative Council (SRC) and various student clubs.

The occasion came alive as students adorned themselves in vibrant colours, reflecting the kaleidoscope of a rangoli, known as an art form created at each home’s entrance during Diwali.

Credit: Unsplash, Suchandra Roy Chowdhury

Diwali serves as a testament to how students at WSU stay rooted in their traditions and connect with their cultural heritage – all while spreading joy and harmony.

Throughout Diwali celebrations, rhythm and movement are paramount. The students’ dance performances transcended linguistic barriers, allowing them to interact with a diverse audience and enrich their experiences with a blend of rhythm, motion, and emotion.

The festive spirit continued at the food stalls, serving Indian delights like pani puri (‘water bread’), paneer (a spiced cottage cheese curry), sweet treats like gulab jamun (fried dough balls soaked in syrup) and mango lassi. However, there was one decadent treat that topped the charts: kulfis, also known as traditional Indian ice cream.

As part of the celebration, attendees could adorn their hands with intricate henna designs, symbolising good luck and artistic expression.

Photographers and viewers captured these sweet memories, preserving the essence of Diwali’s cultural richness, student engagement, and the unity that illuminated the campus.

At its core, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, spreading the light of love and laughter.

In the words of Mother Teresa, “spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving you happier,” and with that in mind, the festival was crafted to spread joy and a memorable experience for everyone involved. 

Diwali at WSU Parramatta was a remarkable fusion of tradition, art, unity, and joy. As the lights of Diwali continue to shine, may they illuminate our hearts and homes with love and laughter. Happy Diwali to all!

Students living their best life at WSU’s Diwali Celebration || Credit: Unknown

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