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Discovering the brilliance of Diwali at Western

Dhimahi Walendra reports on the colourful journey of Diwali, the most radiant, twinkling, and "sweetest" of festivals. ...

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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Cradle, Calvary

In this poetry anthology, Adeline uncovers the solemn reflection on the crucifixion of Jesus - from sorrow and love, grief and grace, cost, and comfor...

In this poetry anthology, Adeline uncovers the solemn reflection and joyful celebration of those who believe and celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – from sorrow and love, grief and grace, cost, and comfort to passion and peace.

Black Cross on Top of Mountain, Credit: Jonathan Borba (Pexels)

Cradle echoes Calvary and the future hope of Jesus’ love, mission, and nature.

I. CRADLE.

Born to die and thus slay death
So clay imbued with holy breath
And earth enchained to groan awhile
Can all to him be reconciled
‘Neath star-strewn sky in quiet lay
A child ordained to die one day
For mortal man and be our hope
Of life redeemed and future known
Mere shadows by substance replaced
By mankind’s priest-king clothed in grace and humility in human flesh
To ransom captives from their death
The wisdom of the wise he thwarts
His seeming weakness a retort
To right our upturned view of strength
And show love’s height and depth and length The one whose
Very nature God
Had left the gilded
Throne above
And ‘came condemned
That we may see
His glory writ
Upon a tree.

Calvary shows the imagery of Exodus, from the salvation and redemption impact of Jesus. It shows Jesus in Gethsemane and his triumph over death

II. CALVARY.

Mingled flow his tears and blood garden soil now anguished mud mournful prayer before he goes
But if he must, it will be so
‘Neath cloud-blacked sky alone was he on beams of wood, that cursed tree The Highest, lowly did descend.
And to our greatest need attend Centurion and thief amazed
A death arrests their startled gaze a curtain torn from great a height beyond all bounds of mortal might
Death no more shall be his shroud a song of triumph ringing loud
To Christ the King, the Lion, Lamb Who was, before the world began three days beneath
But risen now
So, joy may dawn, and peace abound from babe to man to us came down from death to life, from cross to crown.

Edited by: Josh Thomas