Celebrate Diwali

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Celebrate Diwali

What is Diwali?

Diwali is the Festival of Lights which coincides with the Hindu New Year and is a time to celebrate new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is one of the most significant celebrations in India and millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate Diwali each year.

The word Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’ and lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, to help find her way into people’s homes. For the festival of lights people spring clean and decorate their home with fancy lighting, wear new clothes and exchange gifts and prepare festive meals to enjoy with friends and family.

Diwali goes over five days in the following order:

Dhanteras – Start of Diwali and a day dedicated to cleaning to Welcome Goddess Lakshmi. To celebrate Dhanteras, people traditionally buy gold and new kitchen utensils.

Naraka Chaturdasi/Choti Diwali – Known as ‘Little Diwali’. Coloured artwork ‘Rangoli’ is created in doorways and courtyard of homes along with the opening of fire crackers.

Diwali – Placement of lights and lamps across households.

How are we celebrating?

This year we have partnered with the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. to bring you our Diwali celebrations!

What's happening at Garden City:

Wednesday 07 November
11:00am - 2:00pm - Free henna, outside Myer on level 1

Thursday 08 November
11:00am - 2:00pm - Free henna, outside Myer on level 1
5:30pm – 6:00pm Free Bollywood Workshop in Centre Court
6:00pm – 6:45pm Free Bollywood Parade at various locations on level 2
6:45pm - 7:15pm Free Bollywood Performance in Town Square
7:15pm – Free Fireworks show in Town Square

Friday 09 November
11:00am - 2:00pm - Free henna, outside Myer on level 1
5:30pm – 6:00pm Free Bollywood Workshop in Town Square
6:00pm – 6:30pm Free Bollywood Performance in Town Square
6:30pm – 7:00pm Free Bollywood Workshop in Town Square
7:00pm – 7:30pm Free Bollywood Performance in Town Square

When: Wednesday 7 - Friday 9 November
Where: Multiple locations around the centre