DIWALI MESSAGE FROM THE HON JOHN AJAKA MLC; Minister for Multiculturalism

It is my great pleasure to send warm greetings Australians celebrating the traditional Indian festival of Diwali, or Deepavali. From its beginnings as a Hindu festival of light, Diwali is now celebrated across the world by communities of Indian ancestry, shared by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.

minister-ajaka-photoThe central message of the triumph of light over darkness is one that continues resonates with people around the world, and I am delighted that it has become an essential part of our state’s multicultural calendar.

The lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails signifies that Diwali has now become a mainstream festival, one that can be enjoyed by families of all backgrounds. I wish everyone celebrating Diwali a happy and joyful festival.