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10 Diwali Fairs in Melbourne

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Published September 1st 2018
Diwali Festivals are all about celebrations and food
Diwali is India's Festival of Light.

It is a time when people come together to celebrate that good conquers evil and light conquers dark. To mark this event, clay lamps, known as diyas, are lit.


It is a celebration of new beginnings and it coincides with the Hindu New Year, as well as the beginning of the new business year.

Prayers are offered to Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of Wealth, and Ganesh, who is the God of Wisdom and Luck, and these prayers are to have a successful year.

Ganesh - Image:

Diwali is indeed the largest event in the Hindu calendar and Sikhs and Jains both generally celebrate similar festivals at the same time as Hindus celebrate Diwali. It is basically a five-day celebration.

The Melbourne Indian community is quite a large one and there are several Diwali festivals throughout Melbourne. You do not have to be Indian or Hindu to attend these festivals as they are also aimed at getting other nationalities to learn and have a good time.

1. Vivid Diwali -Whittlesea
Come along with your family and friends to celebrate Diwali together.
Entry is free and you need to register by clicking here. It will be held earlier than the other Diwali festivals on 28th October, from 11.30 am to 9 pm. It will be on at the City of Whittlesea, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Some of the highlights of this event include:
Live DJ
Bollywood Dancing
Carnival Rides
Pony Ride
-Food Stalls
-Henna Tattoos
-Sweets Stall
-Face Painting
-Multicultural Stage

And this will all culminate in fireworks at 8.30 pm.

You can read more by clicking on this link.

2. Celebrate India Presents Diwali 2018 at Fed Square
This is a first festival of Diwali for Celebrate India. They are a non-profit community organisation, established mainly to promote a better understanding of the Indian culture. To this end, they hold festivals, and Diwali is their major festival.

They will have this on a Federation Square on 3rd November 2018.

Image: Their Facebook page - Last year's event

Festivities will go from noon until 10 pm and this one will be huge! Entertainment, culture, food and all to make this a family day to remember!

You can see more photos and read more at their Facebook page.

3. Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas Celebrations
Bandi Chhor Divas means 'Day of Liberation' and is a Sikh holiday which coincides with the day of Diwali.

This event will also be celebrated on 3rd November, from 3 pm until 11 pm. Hosted by Khalsa Education Society, this Diwali festival will be on at the Galada Community Centre, 10A Forum Way, Epping.

This will be a dual celebration of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas, and you will be able to experience a whole showcase of Sikh culture, music and heritage.

With free vegetarian food on offer, this will be served all day, and everyone is welcome to attend.

You can read more by clicking on this link.

4. Hume Diwali Mela- 2018
This is on Saturday 3rd November

This festival aims to bring together people of all nationalities and backgrounds. It is the first time the City of Hume has celebrated Diwali.

It will be held at Anzac Park, Aitken Boulevard, Craigieburn, from 12 noon to 8 pm. Entry is FREE and you need to register here.

The event highlights include:
-Stage performances
-Live DJ
-Market Stalls
-Food Stalls
-Henna Tattoos
-Face Painting
-Carnival Rides

This celebration will also culminate in a fireworks display at 8.30 pm.

For more information on this event, please click on this link.

5. Diwali Festival - Dandenong
This one is part of the Foodie Trails and Indian Festival of Melbourne. It will be hosted by the Dandenong Markets on 4th November, from 10 am to 4 pm.

This will be a huge festival and a fun day of free entertainment for the whole family. There will also be a good array of food trucks and stalls to help you indulge in the best street eats from India!

Visitors to the market will have traditional live music and Bollywood-inspired performances and take part in traditional Indian customs, including sari wrapping and henna hand painting.

You can see the whole entertainment schedule (and it is huge), and register for this FREE event, by clicking on this link.

6. AIII - Diwali Mela 2018
This is the 17th time this festival has been held by Alll and it is touted as being the "largest multicultural Diwali Festival".

It will be staged at Springers Leisure Centre & Tatterson Park,
Keysborough, on 4th November from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm.

This will be ten hours of non-stop entertainment, and will include:
-DJ music
-Dance performances
-Stand-up comedy
-Prizes to be won
-Camel rides
-Variety stalls
-Fashion stalls
-Exclusive fashion show
-Fireworks at 8.30 pm
-Exclusive Fashion Show

This is run by a fundraising organisation and they support the community, schools, seniors, and overseas disasters.

Registration/entry is FREE and you can register here.

You can find out more at this link.

7. Diwali on a cruise
And now for something completely different (as Monty Python would say!), why not go on a cruise for Diwali.

Oorja Entertainment will bring you a Victoria Star Cruise and welcome this festival of light in the darkness of night! This will be an exciting cruise with heart-thumping music for young and old.

On board, they will serve delicious delicacies, desserts, and varied drinks for a perfect feast! Why not dress up in Indian gear or even in semi-formal gear to mark this auspicious occasion.

Your ticket includes:
-Photoshoots on arrival
-Live DJ's
-TOP Bollywood & Punjabi
-Tasty Indian Menu Catered by #AANGAN
-Separate children's area
-Children's entertainment
-4 hour cruise Docklands to Williamstown and return

Tickets are $55 to $65, and you can buy yours at this link.

It will be held on 10th November, from 7 pm to 11.30 pm. The cruise will depart from Victoria Star Cruises, Dock 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.

8. IACC presents Cardina Diwali Festival 2018
This Diwali Festival will be hosted by the Indian Association Cardinia Casey.

This is sure to be a fun evening with:
-Cultural events
-Food stalls
-Massive display of fireworks

Entry is FREE, and it will be held on 10th November, from 4 pm to 10 pm. These festivities will be at PB Ronald Park, Henry St, Pakenham.

You can get more information here.

9. Diwali Festival Melbourne at Bunjil Place
This Diwali will be held at Melbourne's newest Multicultural Centre for South East Melbourne - Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren.

It will be on 10th November, from 12 noon to 9 pm.

There will be heaps of:
-Vendors serving flavours from all over India
-Classical and Bollywood beats
-Indian handicrafts
-Free cultural events
-Sari tying

To find out more, click on this link.

10. Footscray Diwali
The celebrations are all set once again and this time with more fun, and heaps of entertainment. This vibrant festival will have a fantastic display of fireworks, and indeed, will be the only fireworks in this region.

It will be held at the Footscray Boat Club, 40 Maribyrnong Boulevard on 11th November. It will start at 1 pm and go right through until 9 pm.

For more information, click here.
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Why? For Diwali Festivals around Melbourne
When: From end of October to November, 2018
Where: Around Melbourne
Cost: Mostly free entry
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