On the 20th of October from 6pm, you can experience a slice of Indian culture at the Festival of Lights to be held at the Denison Centre and Mobara Park in Mawson Lakes.
Also known by its Indian name of Diwali or Deepavali, the Festival of Lights is a Hindu festival that is held after the conclusion of the summer harvest (in the northern hemisphere) over a five day period, ending with a night of a new moon - the darkest night according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Befitting the name, illumining buildings with diyas is a key part of the festival. Diyas are clay vessels containing ghee or vegetable oil with a wick soaked in the same substance.
Various Indian cultural activities will form a key part of the event, among them Bollywood and classical dances, Henna (temporary body tattoos made from the plant of the same name), and Rangoli (an art that involves creating a pattern on the ground using natural materials such as flower petals and rice). Indian street food will also be offered during the event and participants are encouraged to dress up for the event, with awards to be given for the best dressed.
Entry into the event is free so feel free to drop by if you wish to partake in an important Indian festival.