Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Melbourne all set for Pink Diwali

Celebrate India Inc is all set for its flagship Diwali event this weekend, the Victorian Festival of Lights. RAVINDER SINGH JABBAL reports

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It is going to be a Pink Diwali this weekend.

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Melbourne’s largest Diwali do, organised by the not-for-profit Celebrate India Inc at the iconic Federation Square, has chosen this year to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Everything from decorations, pavilion, costumes of artists and hopefully even spectators, will be in shades of pink.

All iconic Melbourne buildings and attractions like the Melbourne Star, Old Treasury Building, Museum, Exhibition Building and Fed Square, will be awash with pink illumination, in support. The Australia India Institute and Indian Consulate will also join in the colourful illumination.

In the lead up to the big event, the official launch took place last weekend, hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Australia India Institute.

Celebrate India founders Arun Sharma and Jaya Sharma, and AII Director Prof. Craig Jeffrey were joined on the occasion by Inga Peulich, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Bruce Atkinson President of the Legislative Council and Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families, Children and Youth Affairs

The Diwali event this weekend will showcase folk and traditional dances from various states of India. This time round, the Sudanese community will also participate in this major multicultural event.

Indian food, circus acts, craft workshops, saree and pagri tying demo sessions, meditation, live band and AFL activation are just some of the things to look forward to on 3 Nov at Federation Square.

A colourful Diwali Pavilion where everyone will be invited to post wishes to their loved ones will be part of this mega event along with fireworks to end the celebrations with a bang.

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