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Free music, brilliant fireworks, radiant lamps & much more
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On 26 October 2013, Federation Square will lit up and come alive with the Diwali Festival of Light. However, celebrations will begin from 21 October 2013 with Bollywood movies being screened at the Square on every evening in the lead up to the Diwali Festival.
Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights and is one of the largest religious festivals for Hindus. This festival is the celebration of the inner light inside all of us and the belief that good will triumph over evil. Diwali signifies victory of good over evil and refers to the light of higher knowledge eradicating all ignorance. It involves lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil which is the emblem of the triumph of good over evil. Over time, Diwali celebration has become more than a religious festival and today represents a multicultural festival of the best kind.
In 2012, the Diwali Festival regaled Melburnians with a plethora of fabulous multicultural events which included delightful Indian musical performances as well talented performances by African, Chinese and other ethnic groups. A melting pot for all cultures, the Diwali Festival in Federation Square has traditionally been a crowd-puller and crowd-pleaser.
This year, Diwali promises to be bigger and better than ever. This festival will feature numerous stalls offering the best of Indian culture. Crafts and cuisines from all parts of India will satiate your thirst and hunger for exotic merchandise and food. Get lost in the pop stall forest feasting your eyes on delicate hand-made Indian jewellery, fine fashion and an amazing range of Indian cinemas and music.
A wide array of food stalls will spring up along River terrace allowing guests to sample the exquisite authentic Indian food. Henna demonstrations will be held introducing you to the spectacular world of henna. A highlight of the festival will be the classical Indian and Bollywood dance performances. Bollywood workshops will be organised to give you a taste of Bollywood movies and music.
Hundreds of radiant lamps will light up the darkness of the night and the darkness the hearts. This festival will draw its curtain with a dazzling display of fireworks exploding in mid-sky lighting up the Melbourne skyline. Fireworks are believed to drive away evil spirits.
The Diwali Festival is an initiative by Celebrate India Inc. which is a Victorian, Not for profit, Community organisation. Learn more about this festival by checking out this site. Learn about hiring stalls in the festival by visiting this site.
Mark the date on your diary and gather your wolf pack and come down to Federation Square to partake in a wonderful festival of lights.