‘Sydney Opera House’ and ‘NSW Parliament House’ to light up for Deepavali

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NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced that the sails of the Sydney Opera House will be lit up in celebration of the Hindu’s ‘Festival of lights’, Deepavali.

The Sydney Opera House will be lit up after 8pm for one night only until midnight on Tuesday, October 21 with the support of the NSW Government.

NSW Parliament House will light up simultaneously and will remain lit each night until November 5, in support of the Deepavali festival.

“The sails of the Sydney Opera Hose will light up on the evening of October 21.  Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello, and Multicultural NSW Chair Dr Hari Harinath will  join me in lighting a diya, a ceremonial lamp in Hindu culture that signifies the lifting of spiritual darkness and the renewal of life,” said Mike Baird.

“This will be the first time the Opera House will be lit up in celebration of Deepavali, the festival of light celebrated by the global Hindu community. Deepavali is celebrated across the world. This special event will be held for the Hindu community of NSW, which makes a valuable contribution to our multicultural society,” he added.

“This festival has been embraced by Australians of all backgrounds and is one of many cultural and religious celebrations that take place every year across NSW,” said Mike Baird.

“To see Sydney’s world famous icon awash in colour is an incredible sight, I would encourage everyone to head to the Sydney Harbour foreshore to witness this event, ” said Baird.

Victor Dominello said that the State’s South Asian community which is made up of over 200,000 people now call Australia their home celebrate this festival.

“Deepavali is celebrated for centuries across the Indian subcontinent and NSW is proudly home to many thousands of people from across this diaspora. People from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka as well as South East Asia have brought with them the rich tradition of Deepavali and we appreciate the positive contributions they have made to our multicultural society,” said Dominello.

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