Diwali is the 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.

Deakin’s 13th annual Diwali celebration came in the form of a webinar, broadcast from the Estate. Staff, students and alumni logged in from all around the world to be delighted with:

  • an official address by Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin
  • a lamp lighting ceremony by the VC, staff, students and members of the community
  • a cooking lesson with Adam Draper, Head Chef at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Estate, and Manpreet Sekhon, Executive Chef of Eastern Spice and MATSI, learning to cook Balushahi – a popular sweet of India that is prepared for special occasions and festivals.
  • a compilation of traditional Indian dances performed by Deakin students and professional dance group Geelong Bollywood Dance

We’re excited to share the recipe for the Balushahi with you, good luck cooking at home.

Recipe here.