Blacktown celebrates festival season with Indian flair

LIGHT OVER DARKNESS: A record crowd of more than 9000 people celebrated Diwali at Blacktown Showground on October 1. Picture: Star Events

LIGHT OVER DARKNESS: A record crowd of more than 9000 people celebrated Diwali at Blacktown Showground on October 1. Picture: Star Events

Spring is festival season around Australia and the special time has a multicultural flair in Blacktown.

Thousands have already celebrated the month in style with traditional Hindu festivals Navratri and Diwali.

The former, which begins three weeks before the festival of lights, means “nine nights” and commemorates the battle between the forces of good and evil.

The celebration in Seven Hills on Saturday, September 23, welcomed special guests including Greenway MP Michelle Rowland and the Consul General of India in Sydney, Shri B. Vanlalvawna.

Event organiser Dipak Padhiyar said about 500 guests enjoyed the traditional mantras and folk songs, as well as food and dancing.

Community members and special guests enjoy the Navratri event in Seven Hills. Picture: Supplied

Community members and special guests enjoy the Navratri event in Seven Hills. Picture: Supplied

He hoped to see the festival grow in future and encourage more tourism between India and western Sydney.

A week later the stage was set for a record crowd celebrating Diwali Mela at Blacktown Showground.

The annual festival of lights signifies the victory of good over evil.

More than 9000 people in Blacktown enjoyed the attractions including cultural performances, live mural painting and an impressive fireworks display.

The celebrations continued at Bowman Hall on October 8 with Karwa Chauth Mela, a one-day festival for Hindu women.

Diwali is officially observed this year on October 19, and Blacktown Council is getting into the spirit with Australia’s first Diwali Lights competition.

There will be awards for the five best homes – entries close this Friday, October 13.

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