A congratulatory message from Minister Victor Dominello to the Indian-Australian community for the occasion of Deepavali
On behalf of the NSW Government, I extend my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Deepavali.
Deepavali (Diwali), or the Festival of Lights, represents thousands of years of Hindu tradition and is celebrated by Indian communities across the world to coincide with autumn in the northern hemisphere.
The festival is a firm fixture on our State’s annual calendar of multicultural community events. It offers an opportunity for all Australians to learn more about the diverse cultures and customs of the Indian diaspora.
NSW is proudly home to 100,000 Indian-born residents and an additional 130,000 residents with Indian heritage. They form a vibrant segment of our community, which has made an enduring contribution to the development of our harmonious multicultural society.
Deepavali, which embodies all the passion, colour and light of the Indian sub-continent, symbolises a time of new beginnings. It promotes a simple message of peace, social harmony and unity in diversity.
Each year, family and community celebrations focus on the lighting of lamps, which represents the lifting of spiritual darkness and the renewal of life.
The NSW Parliament is proud to once again embrace this celebration, with its Macquarie Street building to be colourfully lit-up on 22 October to mark the occasion.
The ongoing success of celebrations like Deepavali reminds us all of the social and economic value of our cultural and linguistic diversity.
We should all be proud of the dynamic and harmonious multicultural society we enjoy in NSW and I thank everyone involved in this year’s Deepavali festival for their contribution to it