Parramatta will shine a bright light on Deepavali celebrations this month.
Also known as Diwali, the ancient Hindi religious festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness, with observers around the world lighting lamps and candles in and around homes and temples. It will be officially celebrated on October 19.
The fun kicks off this Saturday with the Little India Deepavali Fair, 11am-8pm in Wigram Street, Harris Park.
Hosted by the Council of Indian Australians, there will be a street parade, exotic curries, live entertainment, Bollywood dancing, rides, stalls, henna artists and free entry. The finale is a fire lamp procession at 7.30pm.
The India Club will host its Diwali celebrations on Saturday night at Carlingford’s Roselea Community Centre.
The Deepavali Festival returns to Parramatta Park’s Cattle Paddocks bigger and better on October 14-15.
Previously attracting more than 25,000 people over one day, organisers have expanded the festival to two days for the first time for a weekend of food, dance, music, ride, entertainment and fireworks.
Now in its 19th year, this is the fourth time it’s been held at Parramatta Park.
It was previously held at Sydney Olympic Park and the former Parramatta Stadium.
“We have a big Indian population in western Sydney and this is an opportunity to give back to the community,” Hindu Council of Australia secretary, Sanjeev Bhakri, said.
- Entry is $6, under-12s free. Details: deepavali.com.au.