Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today joined members of the South Asian community to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali.
Diwali is a significant time when communities around the world light diyas, or ceremonial lamps, which symbolise the lifting of spiritual darkness and new beginnings.
“This is a special time of year for the members of our community with South Asian heritage,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Each and every member of our community can take part in Diwali festivities, which are increasingly becoming a much anticipated time of year in our cultural calendar.”
Mr Williams said Diwali is a time for all members of our communities to reflect on the rich cultural diversity of our community in New South Wales.
“The NSW Government recognises and values the outstanding contribution of the South Asian community to our State,” Mr Williams said.
“Diwali is a festival that is also widely celebrated around the world by people of many other faiths.
“Each year, family and community banquets and concerts are held to celebrate Diwali, where lighting the lamps is a central part of the ceremony.
“Diwali’s central message is universal – the promotion of peace, harmony and unity.”
To mark the occasion, the sails of the Sydney Opera House were lit up for Diwali on Tuesday 30 October with the support of the NSW Government.