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Deepavali Celebrations (Festival of light) at Australian Federal Parliament, Canberra

October 25,2019  IST


The Indian Festival of Lights, is the most widely celebrated festival of the people from the Indian sub-continent and across the whole world. Deepavali means rows of lights, it is the festival symbolising victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Though there are many mythological explanations to this wonderful festival, in the current world what the festival of lights really stands for is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship, religious tolerance, spreading the word of peace and harmony and above all, celebration of “simple joys of life”.

Deepavali celebrations were held at ‘Great Hall’ of the Australian Federal Parliament on 21 October at 6 PM. Santosh Guptha and Hindu Council of Australia members organised this great event.

Mr Prakash Metha, National President, Hindu Council of Australia welcomed the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Opposition leader the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, and other Ministers and MPs. 

The Chief Guest of the function, the Prime Minister, welcomed the Indian High Commissioner (Acting) Mr Karthikeyan, Mr Josh Frydenberg the Treasurer and fellow members of Australian Parliament, in particular Mr Alan Tudge member of his cabinet, David Coleman, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and all colleagues from all sides of politics. 

The Prime Minister likened Australia’s multicultural society to a tasty blend of garam masala spices. 

“As I often talk about at functions like this, there are many metaphors given to explain multiculturalism in Australia, but the one I like best is garam masala,” he said.

“You have any one of them on their own, rubbish. Doesn’t leave a good taste in the mouth. But when you blend them all together, you crunch them up…wow.

“And that is the fragrance that comes from Australia’s multicultural society.”

We have lots of great events in this Great Hall but the best events are the ones where the community is involved in something like this event. We join the hundreds of millions around the world participating in this 2,500-year-old festival of faith, wonderful celebration of light over darkness. Of knowledge over ignorance. Of good over evil.

More than 700,000 people of Indian descent now call Australian home.

“India is the world’s biggest democracy and it is one of the greatest beacons of light of democracy and we are pleased to see a wonderful powerful economy being built on such a strong, democratic foundation.”

At the end of the function Mr Santosh Gupta thanked all supporters and guests.

More than 60 Members of Parliament and over 550 Indian community people across Australia attended the function. 

- Our NRI Reporter Govind Raj

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