Shine a light on Diwali festival

Anusha Paladugu. Photo: Dennis Manktelow

By Sumeyya Ilanbey

Melton will be lit up, and Indian culture celebrated, at this year’s Diwali festival.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a five-day celebration commemorating the return of Rama, the lord of virtue, to his kingdom after 14 years in exile.

Australian Multicultural Association president Ajay Pasupulate said Diwali marked new beginnings and the “triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness”.

“The Melton Diwali organisers are passionate about the arts forms brought about by the rich Indian culture and exchanging the skills with other ethnic groups,” Mr Pasupulate said.

“This is the beginning of the unique experience of the festival that [has been] celebrated for many thousands of years.”

There will be a range of cultural activities, including Indian music and dance, food stalls and carnival rides, at this year’s festival, which will run from noon-10pm on October 27 at Hannah Watts Park.

The night will end with a fireworks display.