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Community to celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights

Daniel Bouwmeester    November 3, 2023    2 min read   
GSIA President Mukesh Dubey (left) and Jordan MP Charis Mullen, along with Rajarajan Thennavan (right), attended last year’s Diwali celebration at Parliament House in Brisbane.

The Greater Springfield community is invited to come together for one of the most cherished multicultural celebrations at the ‘Diwali Festival of Lights’ – to be held this Sunday night.

The festival celebrates the significant annual Indian holiday of Diwali, which has become a popular event across Australia in recent years.

The Diwali Festival of Lights will be held from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, November 5, at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased via Eventbrite. Children under 12 attend free of charge.

“Everyone is welcome. This is not to be missed.

The event is also supported by the Greater Springfield Indian Association (GSIA), which just a month ago held the highly successful Dandiya Night event at Robelle Domain parklands.

Traditional celebration

Diwali, often referred to as India’s most significant holiday, derives its name from the rows of clay lamps traditionally lit outside homes. These lamps symbolise the inner light that wards off spiritual darkness.

The festival is comparable to Christmas in terms of popularity and scale in India and beyond – and in essence it is a celebration of light, hope, and community.

Lead organiser and Urban Land Queensland director Paviter Noori said he was “thrilled” to announce the event.

“We are looking forward to another quality [celebration],” Mr Noori said.

“Let’s illuminate Brookwater even brighter this Diwali, and share the happiness with everyone around.”

Last year’s Diwali Festival in Oxley. Images: Mukesh Dubey / GSIA.

The Diwali Festival of Lights will feature a variety of stalls open throughout the evening before a fireworks display concludes the celebration.

There will also be a prize draw for return tickets for two to India with Singapore Airlines.

Brookwater Residential General Manager Narendran Sinnathamby said the festival’s popularity continues to grow.

“The Diwali Festival of Lights is a great celebration that continues to attract more people each year,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

“The Festival acknowledges our multicultural community, and is set to grow like the Greek community’s annual Paniyiri celebrations.

“This will be an unforgettable evening filled with joy, light and community spirit. We wish everyone a Happy Diwali and look forward to celebrating this event with the community.”

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.