Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Diwali scenes across Sydney: CIA's Little India Diwali

A quick look at the Diwali celebrations across Sydney this year.

Reading Time: 2 minutesLittle India Diwali
Now this is a great concept of celebration which can only grow.
With Harris Park as the home of the Indian Australian community, it does but make sense to fill the streets with festivities during the Diwali season.
The Council of Indian Australians (CIA) did just that with their street fair on Wigram Street.

Of course, for the local shop owners, it is a boon and a bane as their shopfront gets obscured, but then there is the flow-through buzz from the revellers in the street. Full marks for the entertainment which was of high quality and kept the attendees on their dancing toes. The music changed as the evening progressed as the Punjabi bhangra beats took over, especially to the delight of those in the verandas of the local restaurants as they sipped their drinks and bit into their kebabs.
The politicians were out in full support, the Labor women in their best saris and the Liberal men in their sherwanis. They had brushed up on their knowledge of Diwali: with many years of Diwali celebrations under their belt, they can probably each write a manual on Diwali speeches. The crowds were delighted to be hear their token Hindi and the organisers, mercifully, kept the speeches short.
As evening set in, the crowds grew, and Wigram Street of Little India was transformed into a bazaar from India. Vendors on either side, selling their wares – real estate, finance deals, immigration services and of course food stalls. A balmy evening in Sydney flavoured by the smell of Indian spices and the bhangra beats from the sound system made sure for that evening Little India in Harris Park was transformed into a celebration of all things Indian. Kudos to the organisers President Mohit Kumar, Nitin Shukla, Praful Desai, Shail Wadhwa, Keyur Desai, Amit Tripathi, Dr Balu Vijay, Ashish Desai and Sanjay Deshwal.
See pictures from other celebrations/melas across Sydney
FIAN Diwali mela
Blacktown Diwali mela
AHIA Diwali
Deepavali Milan
South Sydney Diwali bash
Deepavali at Church
HCA Diwali

Pawan Luthra
Pawan Luthra
Pawan is the publisher of Indian Link and is one of Indian Link's founders. He writes the Editorial section.

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