Top Diwali Festival of Lights Events - Brisbane 2012
Nearly fifteen countries around the world, including Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India celebrate the Festival of Lights annually. This festival is also called Deepawali and Deepavali depending on which area you come from. Brisbane with its share of multi-cultural residents is no exception to this joyous celebration.
The Festival of Lights involve the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. The Diwali festival commemorates the return of Lord Rama from his 14-year-long exile and success in vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen clay lamps and by lighting firecrackers.
Families celebrate the festival with traditional activities at home and just like with most festivals, there is a joyous elation from young and old alike as they excitedly wear brand new clothes and share food with family and friends. To celebrate this festival with the Indian community, a number of free and ticketed events will be held in Brisbane where people of different races are more than welcome to join in the fun and to learn a bit about this auspicious event.
1) Diwali Fest 2012: Festival of Lights**
Held at the Kings Soccer Club, Soccer Drive, Slacks Creek on Friday the 26th of October between 6pm and 10pm and Saturday the 27th of October, between 10am and 10pm, Shree Sanatan Dharam the Hindu Association of Queensland will be organising a free festival bonanza. Highlights include food stalls, so you can indulge in traditional Indian fare, stage shows featuring the popular Bollywood dances, a soccer tournament and a fireworks display on Saturday with free parking.
2) Festival of Lights Bombay Dhaba Group
On the 3rd of November, the Tamil Queensland Association is organising a night of celebration. Between 5.30 to 9.30pm, join the dinner celebration with a cultural night extravaganza. Held at the Coffee Club Auditorium at the RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, indulge in Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine from Bombay Bliss. Treat yourself to exotic performances and open your mind to all the Indian culture has to offer on this special day. You stand a chance of winning two return tickets to India by Singapore Airlines organised by Target Travel and Tours and other lucky door prizes. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children. To book, contact Nava on (07) 3711 5363 or email [email protected]
3) Diwali the Festival of Lights, King George Square**
Organised in association with Brisbane City Council and supported by the Queensland Government, this is the biggest Diwali festival held in Brisbane. In the heart of Brisbane City on Friday 2nd of November 11am to 11pm, experience Indian culture at its finest. Witness exhilarating Bollywood and Bhangra dancers and other performances from artists all the way from India, sponsored by the Government of India. Fulfil your hunger pangs with a variety of scrumptious cuisine from Indian food stalls and make your way through various other informational and cultural stores. Add to the brightness of the lights by adding your presence to the festivities.
4) Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Queensland
On Saturday the 10th of November, come and enjoy free entry to a night of adventure and entertainment with traditional dances, stage performances, dinner, sweets and Indian songs. If you live in the Southside, make sure to stop by at 62 Newnham Road, Mt Gravatt East from 6pm.
5) Banyo District Community Group
For Northsiders, on Saturday the 10th of November a similar celebration will occur at the Banyo Library Hall, 284 St Vincents Road from 3pm-5.30pm. Expect to take part in quizzes, entertainment, cultural dances and other activities.
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