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Deepavali 2014 - The Indian Festival of Lights

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Also known as Diwali, Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights, a celebration of the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The official date for the celebration this year is Thursday October 23, a day determined by the moon's cycle. For a month either side of the occasion, a few events are always held around Sydney and three are scheduled for 2014.

Lights are used during the festival as a symbol of hope


Deepavali @ Martin Place
Deepavali @ Martin Place is one of the smaller Deepavali events in Sydney, but it's always the first (this year a month before the real date). It can be thought of as a kind of precursor to the bigger festival later on, and one that can be enjoyed by those working in the city.

The event will be held a on Friday September 26 in Martin Place. There will be food, performances (including a 'So you think you can sing or dance' competition), henna, yoga and dance workshops, and more.

Image from deepavali.com.au


Diwali Celebrations at Cherrybrook
Another Diwali event will be held out at Cherrybrook on Sunday October 12 at Greenway Park. It will run from midday to to 8:30pm, with food, music, Bollywood performances, rides for kids and closing fireworks.



Diwali Fair
The last Diwali event, to be held on Sunday October 19, will be the Deepavali Fair at Parramatta Park. It will have stage performances, dance performances, competitions (including rangoli), kids activities, food stalls, art and cultural exhibitions, Ravan Effigy Burning and more. The night will end with fireworks and open dance floor.

Image from deepavali.com.au
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Why? It's a huge celebration of Indian culture and there are multiple chances to join in
When: September 26 in Martin Place, October 12 in Cherrybrook and October 19 in Parramatta
Where: Martin Place, Greenway Park in Cherrybrook and Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre
Cost: Free
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