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Diwali - Festival of Lights 2014

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by Denise H-C (subscribe)
Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
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If you've ever been to a Diwali celebration, you'll know how special these events are. If you haven't been to one, then definitely put it on your to do list. This writer was lucky enough to be a part of a Diwali celebration when travelling to Fiji a few years ago. It was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Diwali, also known as Deepvali, is commonly called the "festival of lights". This Hindu festival goes back to ancient times and is celebrated during Spring each year. Typically the festival is spread over 5 days which includes the intricate preparations but the main celebration night coincides with the darkest, new moon night during Lunisolar in the Hindu month of Kartik. In the western calendar, this falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Diwali symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. During Diwali people light butter lamps, candles and lights (known as diyas) around their homes, dress up in beautiful clothing and give offerings (puja) to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

The Federation of Indian Communities of Qld are holding their main festivities of Diwali on 10 October 2014 in King George Square. This is a little earlier than normal to accommodate the G20 Summit being held in Brisbane.

Diwali is held in many quarters around Brisbane by local communities, but the event held by the Federation of Indian Communities of Qld is the largest celebration in Queensland. The added bonus this year due to it being held earlier, is that you can attend more than one event. Come along to this one, and then if you love it, or you are of the Hindi faith, you can attend a local celebration as well during Diwali.

Entry to this fantastic event is free. Starting at 11am and finishing at 11pm on Friday the 10th, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Bright and beautiful Bollywood dancers will be on show along with Bhangra, folk dancing and traditional Indian classical and semi-classical performances.

There will be a variety of Indian stalls and markets to browse, along with Indian food to tempt your exotic tastebuds.

Every Hindu person I've met has an uncanny knack of seeing the best in any situation. It is a personality trait to be admired. So dress in colourful clothing, wear your brightest smiles and give blessings for joy over darkness this Diwali.

Diwali is a glittering night of celebration set amongst the backdrop of the beautiful King George Square. At night, it comes alive with lights and looks magical.

Come along to celebrate peace and joy with the Hindu community of Brisbane. Held from 11am to 11pm on Friday 10 October 2014. See the Translink website for information on how to get their via public transport.
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Why? Glitter, glamour and peace
When: 11am to 11pm, 10 October 2014
Where: King George Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Cost: Free entry
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