This year, the Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) organised its annual Diwali event at Claremont Showground as a two-day extravaganza.
It was a move back to a more central venue as Claremont had been used previously by ISWA a few years ago.
The Saturday afternoon was blessed with a few drops of rain and a dramatic rainbow. The weather wasn’t intolerable though, and the crowds sure packed in.
Sunday was perfect weather so anyone who was over-cautious on Saturday and missed out, was able to attend. Each night the audience built as the night progressed to the fireworks.
During the day kids were entertained with carnival rides, go karting, bubble balls and bouncy castles and everyone enjoyed the numerous food, business, clothing, spiritual and information stalls, Indian Link included.
The stage was an ongoing gala of amateur entertainment featuring dance troupes, rappers, drummers and marching bands.
ISWA was incorporated in 1972 to foster the participation of Indian ethnic communities in the development of a cohesive community. It aims to assist, encourage, participate and initiate activities which promote the welfare, social, cultural and educational aspects of Australian Indians. Diwali is their biggest event and ISWA takes months to organise it. The hours of effort that go into organising and funding such a large event is massive. Next year will be bigger and better than ever.