Diwali is one of the biggest festival for the Hindu Indian communities in western Sydney. Diwali/Deepavali means festival of lights and is an important occasion that is celebrated the world for three days beginning on the 13th day of the dark new moon night in the lunar month known as Kartik.
According to Hindu mythological stories, it is a celebration of good winning over the evil, it is a symbol of hope, renewed friendships, religious tolerance, peace, harmony, and the joys of life. Multiple versions of story and one of them says , Lord Rama defeated Ravana and returned with victory, people celebrated this as a festival called Diwali.
The Hindu community worships Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, during this occasion. They invite families and friends and celebrate it together.
The festivities are planned by the Hindu Council of Australia in cooperation with other groups, with various cultural events happening at Parramatta Park, and other venues around Sydney including Harris Park.
There are Bollywood performances, henna tattoos, trade shows, bazaars, food vendors, and competitions to look forward to. Venues are a quick walk-away from railway stations and no entrance tickets too.
It is open to all Australians who are proud of the multicultural society and who are fascinated by Indian traditions, culture, cuisine, and art.