Swinburne celebrates Vaisakhi festival
Date posted: Friday 7 May 2010
To mark the beginning of a new solar year, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia will be holding Vaisakhi festival celebrations at its Hawthorn campus.
Hosted by the Swinburne Punjabi Club, the event will showcase traditional Indian performances including Bollywood dance, live Dhol performance and henna tattooing.
“The Punjabi Club has hosted this event for the past three years as it is a great chance to welcome new students to Swinburne,” Punjabi Club founder Harpreet Singh Maan said.
“The event also aims to encourage cultural understanding among different communities at the university.”
Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Ian Young will open the celebration and representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission will be in attendance.
Vaisakhi is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar and has special significance for two of India's major religious groups. It signifies the beginning of the Hindu solar year and celebrates the establishment of Khalsa in April 1699.
Download the event poster for more information.
What: Vaisakhi festival
When: 11am – 2pm, Friday 7 May
Where: Atrium, Hawthorn campus