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Lighting up for Diwali

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Children of the South West Indian Group Sarah David, 14, Thaneesaha Vijayakumar, 10, Will Dabick,9, Harshatha Falgunan, 7, Hanishkaa Ramaprasad, 7 and Sophie David, 6 are all set for the annual Diwali Festival.
Camera IconChildren of the South West Indian Group Sarah David, 14, Thaneesaha Vijayakumar, 10, Will Dabick,9, Harshatha Falgunan, 7, Hanishkaa Ramaprasad, 7 and Sophie David, 6 are all set for the annual Diwali Festival. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

The South West Italian Club is set to dazzle in a display of lights for the eighth Bunbury Diwali Festival of Lights presented by the South West Indian Group on November 16.

South West Indian group president Dr Parthasarathy Ramesh said this year’s theme highlighted a celebration globally, regardless of people’s religion, age or ethnicity.

“The event theme this year is a Bollywood, Hollywood, Kollywood fusion with entertainment for the whole family,” Dr Ramesh said.

“Diwali Festival of Lights is a global festival celebrating happiness, harmony and peace.”

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Dr Ramesh said he was pleased to invite Bunbury and South West residents to their eighth Diwali.

“This year's vibrant event will include a parade of Indian sarees, Indian-themed fusion dances, music performances, stalls including henna tattoos, free giveaways, fire dancers with including interactive demonstrations and Bhangra and classical dances to name a few, plus a final dance performance involving the audience,” he said.

“An Indian vegetarian buffet dinner catered by Spice Journey, reflective of this year's theme of Hollywood, Bollywood, Kollywood fusion food, will be included in the ticket price.

“Although the event is an annual Hindu festival, Diwali celebrations have become much more of a multicultural event within Australia and across the world, reflecting unity in our diverse population.”

Dr Ramesh said he would like to thank all of the event sponsors who had helped to make the Bunbury Diwali Festival possible.

Visitors are urged to wear Indian-styled costumes as Dr Ramesh said there would be prizes handed out for the best dressed.

He said tickets were available at outlets including the Funkee Monkee, Jo’s Curry House, Central News, Spice Journey, Afez of the Heart and at Baskin Robbins in Eaton. The Bunbury Dewali Festival will be held at the South West Italian Club from 3pm onwards.

For details contact 0469 882 635.

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