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Blacktown Diwali goes off with a bang!
The Festival of Lights was celebrated with fun, food and entertainment at the recent Blacktown Diwali Mela held at Blacktown Showground. It was a massive festival with non-stop music, dance, masti and masala!
With around 12,000 people in attendance, the storm clouds threatened to rain on the parade, but the bad weather held off and the skies smiled on Blacktown.
“We were very lucky,” Nitin Madan, one of the organisers of the Blacktown Diwali Mela, told Indian Link. “The weather god was very kind.”
An event with something for everyone, there were 110 stalls including clothes, jewellery, mehendi, corporate and food stalls.
In keeping with their increased engagement with the Indian community, Cricket NSW and the AFL also had stalls at the event.
Amidst the colour and crowds, there was face painting for the little ones, amusement rides to twist and turn you at every angle and DJs pumping tunes for people to bop along with.
On stage, Indian Australian Idol Manish Kumar and Jagpreet Grover belted out some tunes, while Rhythm Boys Bhangra and Virasat Folk Academy showed off their dance skills.
The entertainment program showcased several of the local dance schools performing everything from Gidha, Bhangra and Garba to Bollywood, classical dance and traditional folk dance. Some fusion western pop music was thrown into the mix as well.
Throughout the day there were giveaways including movie vouchers, restaurant vouchers and grocery gift cards, while Air India even sponsored one lucky person to win return air tickets to India!
Of course it wouldn’t be Diwali without some firecrackers, and the mela came to a close with the grand finale fireworks.
“Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate Diwali with us,” Bikram Cheema, one of the organisers, said. “We also want to thank all our sponsors and media partners. If you enjoyed this Diwali mela, there are many events lined up for the coming months, but don’t miss the Holi mela at Blacktown next March!”