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Australia Is Getting On Board With Diwali

It's becoming more and more of a thing.

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Diwali (or Deepavali as it's also called) is a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains the world over. And this year once again, Australia's joining the party.

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Dubbed as the "Hindu Christmas", the festival signifies the triumph of light/good over dark/evil. It's the largest celebration in the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain calendars.

It is, however, more widely celebrated in the US and UK, where both President Barack Obama and Prime Minster David Cameron giving televised statements each year.

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In fact, this year Obama declared Diwali an official US holiday. Not a public holiday, but a national one, like Halloween.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sent his greetings to the Indian Australian community with this written statement.

Former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott also sent their wishes during their tenure.
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Former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott also sent their wishes during their tenure.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Tanya Plibersek also shared this greeting on social media.

Wishing you and your family a happy Diwali.

And festivities even took place at NSW Parliament House.

Premier Mike Baird and State Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka, both lit diyas (or wicker lamps) in honour of the festival. They were accompanied by several Indian community figures.
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Premier Mike Baird and State Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka, both lit diyas (or wicker lamps) in honour of the festival. They were accompanied by several Indian community figures.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit up tonight after 8pm in celebration, as they were last year.

Most capital cities will celebrate Diwali in the form of melas, or fairs, this weekend - complete with fireworks, food stalls, music, and dance.

The thing about Diwali is that at its core, it's pretty universal. Diwali is just all about having a big ol' party and choosing light over darkness.

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