Hindu Council Celebrates Diwali Mela
Hindu Council of Australia which was a partner in Parramasala decided to go independently of Parramasala and revert back to its original home in Homebush.
This year it was like in previous years mix of culture religion and a bit of Bollywood. . This walk reminisced of the boat ride in Akshardham which showcased the similar history. This year a number of ethnic communities also showcased their culture.
Chief Guest, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, conveyed her warmest greetings and best wishes to all Australians celebrating the holy festival of Deepavali or Diwali.
Deepavali or the ‘festival of lights’ is a positive and joyous celebration that represents hope, renewal, happiness, forgiveness and goodwill.
“Deepavali celebrates good over evil. It symbolises happiness, hope and prosperity to all,” Senator Lundy said.
“Australia is a richly multicultural nation which embraces the religious and cultural traditions of our diverse population. Our diversity is a source of social and economic strength, giving vibrancy and dynamism to Australian life.
“Deepavali is one of the biggest celebrations of the year – it transcends religious differences to unite everyone in celebration, bringing together not only those of Indian ancestry and followers of the Hindu, Sikh or Jain faiths, but all Australians,” Senator Lundy said.
In the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, the Gillard Government has outlined its ambitious plan to ensure Australia emerges stronger over the decades ahead by taking advantage of the Asian century and strengthening ties with India. Like many other cultural festivals, Deepavali is very much a part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of Australia.
Representing Premier Barry O’ Farrell, Minister for Multiculturalism Victor Dominello praised the work done by Professor Nihal Agar as the President of the Hindu Council of Australia
There was similar sentiments echoed by NSW Leader of Opposition Hon John Robertson and he strongly defended multiculturalism.
The evening ended with burning of effigy of Ravana.