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Diwali @ Fed Square 2012

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Diwali 2012 Carnival @ Fed Square
Diwali Firework

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If Melbourne Cup kicks off the festivity season in Melbourne during the month of November, then Diwali 2012 Carnival promises to take it a notch further with its grandeur and spectacle. Presented by Celebrate India group, this festival of lights is a nine day event that will light up the city in mood and spirits equally at the most iconic location of Federation Square.

This event begins 5 of November and will continue up until 13th November 2012 to celebrate Diwali, one of the most awaited festivals of India. Amidst its growing fanfare and popularity it has now become synonymous with the name Victorian festival of lights, which truly reflects the multicultural spirit of this city.

What originally began in year 2006 as an effort to recreate the magic of Indian celebration and relive the nostalgia has now metamorphosed to become one of the premier celebrations of Indian culture and festivals in Victoria. Over a period of nine days you can enjoy a kaleidoscopic view of India through various dance shows, live bands, premier DJs, food stalls and craft from India, and not to forget the popular super hit Bollywood movies which will be screened free for all.

This Diwali carnival is also a catalyst in bringing together people from various ethnicities at one common platform and to spread the message of brotherhood and unity across the state. While last year's celebrations saw participations from many non-Indian communities this year also the same spirit will be seen throughout the event.

Other attractions during this carnival will the illumination of iconic Melbourne attractions like Victorian Parliament, Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Museum, Exhibition Centre, Federation Square and the Consulate General of India. There will also be plenty of activities for children, to involve the younger generations in this event, plus various dance workshops to teach Bollywood and folk dances for adults. Live performance will lighten up the ambiance at National Gallery of Victoria and Flinders St Station on 7th November. A daylong event is planned on 10th November 2012 from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm, so join it with your friends and family.

With support from both Victorian government and Indian government this carnival promises to enthrall everyone in the city. Some eye catching events which will also be the special feature of this year's celebrations are unique performances by Indo-African troupe called Siddi Goma and fusion dance shows by Salvadoran community.

The highlight of this carnival is the magnificent firework which literally lights up the sky on the Diwali night and presents a spectacle that leaves everyone in awe. So if you have a thing or two for such a gorgeous display of fireworks, do not miss it this year. It can be seen from various nooks of the Melbourne CBD but for best view be present at Federation Square.

Amidst all the merriment and excitement, a noble cause will also be performed during this event. Celebrate India has tied up with White Ribbon organization to conduct a mass oath taking ceremony for violence against women. So all men from all age groups and ethnicities are invited to wear your heart on your sleeves and make this ceremony a success.

Diwali Carnival 2012 is a landmark of Victoria which welcomes people from all across the globe with equal warmth and zest. A testimonial to this fact is the thunderous crowd which has swelled from 28,000 in number from its debut year to over 60,000 in the recent times. This event is sponsored by Melbourne Airport, Citibank, Federation Square, Parks Victoria, Metro, AFL, Richmond Football Club, Cricket Australia and National Gallery of Victoria amongst others along with G'day India as its media partner.

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Why? To have unlimited fun and experience Indian festival celebration
Where: Federation Square
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