The Deepavali Festival is one of the biggest festivals of the Indian community in Australia.
Deepavali, which means festival of lights, is an important occasion for the Hindus and is celebrated throughout the world for three days beginning on the 13th day of the dark new moon night in the lunar month known as Kartik.
Deepavali Festival Sydney 2023 Dates, Events, Program & Locations
Also known as Diwali, this important Hindu event entails the lighting and flickering of oil lamps. During this occasion, the Hindu community worships Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Families also celebrate the New Year after Lakshmi Puja by dressing up in all new clothing, donning jewellery, and visiting friends and family.
The Hindu Council of Australia plans the festivities in cooperation with other groups, with various cultural events happening at Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta. The event is well-attended by the community not only for its religious significance but because it has something to offer for attendees of all ages.
There is a Ramayan presentation, a cultural extravaganza, a variety of foods, exciting rides, a special dance group from India, Ravan, and fireworks.