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: Pixabay.com
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
And this will all culminate in fireworks at 8.30 pm.
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!
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:
-Prizes to be won
-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.
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
-TOP Bollywood & Punjabi
-Tasty Indian Menu Catered by #AANGAN
-Separate children's area
-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.
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.