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Festival of Light shines in Bunbury
Festival of Light shines in Bunbury

Preparations by the Bunbury Multicultural Group are under way for this year’s Indian Diwali festival.

Picture by David Bailey: Members of the Bunbury Multicultural Group Saswati Pal and Sreelakshmi Natarajan, wearing traditional Indian costumes, are preparing for the Diwali-Indian light festival.

The Indian light festival is a night to bring family and friends together and worship the Indian goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, and the elephant god, Ganesh.

Group committee member Saswati Pal said the event would a great night for people to learn about a different culture.

‘‘The event will be great for new migrants and allow them to celebrate a piece of the Indian culture,’’ Mrs Pal said.

‘‘It would be great for people of other cultures to come and see the celebration.’’

Group chairwoman Sabrina Haines said the festival would be great night for the whole community to support.

‘‘This festival celebrated by Indians is a worldwide celebration of the good overcoming evil.

"It would be great if the Bunbury community got to see it,’’ Mrs Haines said.

‘‘It will be a great opportunity for people to get the chance to see an Indian festival.’’

Mrs Haines said lamps (diyas) were lit to bring hope and prosperity to the family home.

‘‘Once the diyas are lit they are aimed at bringing light to dark areas of a home where darkness can hide and reside,’’ she said.

The Bunbury Multicultural Group is a small, not-for-profit organisation that supports various cultures and is aimed at promoting multiculturalism and friendship within the community.

The festival will include traditional Indian food and Bollywood dancing and entertainment throughout the night.

The event will be held at the Bunbury Trotting Club, November 19, with tickets costing $10 available from Sabrina Haines on 0429 315 931.