Diwali or Deepavali means 'row of lamps'. This festival of lights is a much coveted Hindu festival which dates back to the ancient times. Diwali represents the victory of good over evil and eliminating inner darkness with light. Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated by donning new clothes, uniting with family and friends, sharing good food and lots of sweets and lighting small clay lamps and fireworks.
Despite being a Hindu festival, Diwali transcends all races and religions and is largely a community festival which aims at fostering good relationships amongst families, friends, neighbours and the community. This year, Diwali celebrations will be bigger and better than ever. Melbourne is hosting 4 events to commemorate Diwali with great grandeur.
Wyndham Diwali Festival 2014 President's Park in Werribee will be the epicenter for the Diwali celebrations in Melbourne's western suburbs. On 18 October 2014, Wyndham Diwali Festival will regale visitors with sensational live entertainment. A mega mela (mela means fair) will feature a huge number of stalls selling merchandise of all kinds. Food stalls will be serving delectable and aromatic Indian fare. The Diwali Festival will commence at 11:30am and will culminate with astounding fireworks at 9pm. Visit this Weekendnotes article to learn more. Remember to download your free festival ticket by going here.
Melbourne's Dhamaal Diwali Cruise Party On 18 October 2014, the Melbourne's Dhamaal Diwali Cruise Party will be held to celebrate Diwali in a magnificent way. Tickets will cost $85 per person and will include a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on arrival, three course sumptuous Indian dinner, beautiful Bollywood and House music. There will be free face painting and balloon twisting for kids. The dress code is traditional Indian or formal. There will even be an award for the best dress.
The cruise party will commence boarding at 6:45pm and will depart at 7pm from Dock 9, Central Pier, Docklands. The 4 hour boat cruise promises to woo patrons of all ages. If you will like to know more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Dino (0430 037 512) or Priya (0424 304 345).
Diwali Fair Diwali will be celebrated with a bang in the Sandown Race Course located at 591 - 659 Princes Highway in Springvale on 19 October 2014. The fair will run from 11.30am to 9.30pm. The fair will incorporate fun activities, live musical and dance performances, stunning fashion show and children's rides. There will even be a Cricket Australia camp and henna and tattoo stalls. And since no fair can be complete without food, the Diwali Fair will provide refuge to food stalls selling a wide assortment of scrumptious Indian food.
The Diwali Fair is an alcohol and meat free event. Tickets cost $5 per person and can be purchased at the ticket booth at Gate 2. Children under 12 and seniors card holders (age 60 plus) will gain free entry. Discover more information by visiting this Weekendnotes article. All are welcome to come along for a healthy dose of the rich Indian culture and heritage. Diwali Indian Festival of Light On 25 October 2014, Federation Square will come alive with the stunning lights, euphonious sounds and tantalising aroma of the Diwali Indian Festival of Light. Exotic musical and dance performances will be a crowd-puller and a crowd-pleaser. A wide array of activities will keep the young and old busy. Food stalls selling authentic Indian fare will appeal to the tastebuds of the visitors. The festival will run from 12pm to 9:45pm. Entry is free to this festival. Visit this Weekndnotes article to learn more about this magnificent festival.