DIWALI, also called Deepavali or the ‘Festival of Lights’ is taking place in Ballarat on October 24 at the Mercure Convention Centre.
The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair and is much celebrated in the Indian community.
Organisers say, “Diwali is a holiday of joy; it is the time when we gather with loved ones, enjoy the celebrations with family, friends and communities. This festival is for persons of all ages and backgrounds. Let us enjoy a day dedicated to culture, dance, and food.” Ballarat has a strong and diverse multicultural presence and the Diwali festival is a great opportunity to experience another culture.
The Festival will be a day (and well into the night), of colour, laughter, food and entertainment for all ages.
Diwali, the Festival of Lights for the people of Ballarat is brought by the Ballarat Indian Association and the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council. It will be held on Saturday October 24th at the Mercure Ballarat Convention Centre and will include Bollywood dance, Multicultural food stalls, Chinese Lion Dance, Cultural performances, Henna painting, Face painting, Display of Rangoli art, Indian art and cultural displays.