Finally… We made it to Diwali!
After a pandemic-riddled couple of years of full-on physical, mental, and financial turmoils, we can safely say that, as Australians, we’re ever so fortunate to be here finally.
We are lucky to have survived and thrived and taken it all in our stride. As Indians of Australia, we are proud to have done our part in supporting the community.
We survived through what can easily be called one of the worst phases of this millennium.
This, however, has not been without unfortunate casualties. After a lot of sweat, tears, mental tolls, and economic stagnation – We are now indeed on the way to making a full recovery.
All this and more has now got us to the cusp of healing – and this Diwali is all about coming home to reap the rewards of your karma. This year, we need some positivity, and In 2022, Diwali will be celebrated in its most authentic essence, and its meaning about auspicious new beginnings will come true.
We could all do with the extra light and positivity to steer us into the path of hopefulness.
Australians, young and old, will be lighting lamps, attending Diwali festivals, going on Diwali Cruises from Darwin to Hobart and Perth to Sydney.
We are here all Thanks to the selfless service of our front-line health workers, police, and a ton of mental and physical health Not for Profits who have, in a selfless manner, been doing acts of kindness to make sure that the most vulnerable among us are covered.
We must thank the department of health first of all for the countless number all persevered and united to tackle this disease; hence, it is only fitting to get together and rejoice in a post-covid celebration.
So grab a Phuljhari in one hand and a Laddoo in the other, and join the season of celebration as we hone in on the end of the pandemic and the end of 2022 in true Desi Style!
Masks are Off (unless you prefer them, of course), and Laddoos and diyas are in.
We’ve done the work of finding you the best-of-the-best venues for celebrating Diwali, wherever you are in Australia.
Where to celebrate Diwali if you are in Sydney
Home Decoration Competition
HCA’s yearly tradition of the home decoration competition where people decorate their houses. Besides, lighting the facades with beautiful lamps and decorating rangolis are some ways you may capture the attention and then click the photographs.
Then, you can send the photos to HCA and stand a chance to win the first prize worth $ 500, the second prize worth $300, or the third prize worth $200. Wouldn’t that be a nice little treat?
The Hindu Council of Australia will organise a multi-event festival, including a Ramayan musical dance drama and a Western Union Dance competition. Additionally, it will contain a special Deepavali bazaar and showcase Raavan and fireworks; you can also catch a stunning dance performance by a renowned Indian dance troupe. Furthermore, this free-entry event will take place on 15 and 16 October at Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta (New South Wales). On the 22nd of October, you can attend other hosts of free events organised by the council at the Main Street, Rouse Hill Town Centre from 10 am to 5 pm. On this day, you can bring your kids for the diya painting, Ramayan presentation, free henna stalls, a variety of food, and exciting rides.
Council of Indian Australians Inc will organise a free multi-event Diwali festival comprising colourful festival stalls, amusement rides, Henna stalls, and all-day Entertainment, including cultural performances. Also, one must not miss the Maha Arti and Laxmi Puja, followed by the fire lamps procession at 7:30 pm.
Although this is a free-entry event at Crn of Elara Blvd and Watkin Cres, Marsden Park, interested people need to obtain digital tickets and show them at the entry gates.
Cumberland City council will host the annual Diwali celebration, which will entail music, lights, cultural programs, and Entertainment. The council will arrange the festival at Station Street, Wentworthville, on the 29th of October (5 pm to 9 pm); you can buy plenty of food and drinks as well.
A free ticketed event will be held at Ted Mac Civic Park on the 19th of October (9:30 to 10:30 am) next to Stanton Library to celebrate Diwali; the event is appropriate for children who are two to twelve years old. Furthermore, the event will contain a session filled with songs, stories, and Diwali craft-making.
Diwali Event by Australia India Business Council
On the 27th of October Australia India Business Council will host a special Diwali event at Parramatta Square Business & Event Centre. It is a free entry event co-hosted by Business NSW.
After spending some quality family time, how about going to an amazing and lively Diwali Party? Rocky’s Entertainment is all set to throw a Diwali bash on the 22nd of October at Kingstreet Wharf (Opposite Cargo Bar – Darling Harbour). The ticket for the party is $43.29. You will be able to enjoy Sydney’s top DJs’ performances, fire and dance performances, best of Bollywood and R&B music.
Also, it is an 18+ event, and you can buy as much food and beverages as you want to enjoy the night away.
Another Diwali cruise event will be held on the 22nd of October at King Street Wharf 9 (in front of Cargo Bar); the ticket is $32.74 and will include a unique Bollywood, Urban Punjabi, Top Charts Music lineup. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.
If you want to dance the night away on bhangra and Bollywood beats, you must attend the Neon Diwali party, which will be held on the 14th of October (9 pm) at Bar Mille 100 George Street. You can purchase the tickets for $30.63.
SAAA Hindi school will be hosting a festival of lights on the 15th of October (6 pm), and the school invites interested patrons to join this auspicious event. In addition, the school will conduct various cultural activities, including classical dances by kids, singing, and dance and songs by parents and teachers.
You can bring your children to enjoy the program, including Laxmi Pooja, making rangolis, traditional Indian food stalls, and Free Indian dinner. Although it is a free event, prior registration is compulsory.
If you want to celebrate the traditional way with your family, you can drop in at the Chinmaya Sannidhi Ashram, 38 Carrington Road, Castle Hill. The Ashram will organise Lakhsmi Puja, Bhajans, and Arti on the 25th of October (7:30 to 9:30 pm); the evening will conclude with a delightful light dinner prasad.
Registration for the Diwali event closes on the 24th of October, so hurry.
Where to celebrate Diwali if you are in Melbourne
Victorian Festival of Diwali 2022
Celebrate India Inc. started its Diwali preparation in early September 2022. The organisers had launched an online singers hunt. The winners would perform in the grand Diwali event from the 25th to the 29th of October. This festival will be held at Fed Square opposite Flinders St Station.
The spectacular event will showcase an exhibition of India, illumination of iconic buildings, music concerts, and dance performances. Interested people need to RSVP by the 10th of October to Mrs Jaya Sharma- at email@example.com or 0412372120.
You can attend the Monash Diwali(organised by Mission Smile Inc.) with family and friends, which comprises a live DJ, fireworks, Bollywood dancing, and carnival rides. Furthermore, it will have food Stalls, henna tattoos, a multicultural stage, and surprise acts; this free-entry event will be held on the 22nd of October (12:00 pm) at Jells Park Jells Road Wheelers Hill.
Mission Smile Inc will organise another Diwali event on the 16th of October (noon) at the City of Whittlesea, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang. The free-entry event is known as Northern Diwali and has received the support of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. You can enjoy food and henna stalls, a live DJ, Bollywood dancing, fireworks, and carnival rides.
Victoria Star cruise sold out all of its tickets last year during Diwali; if you didn’t get to attend last year, now is your chance. Victoria Star Cruise is organising a spectacular Diwali celebration on the 22nd of October (7:00 pm to 11 pm) at Victoria Star Cruises (111 Merchant Street Docklands). Furthermore, the tickets cost between $50 to $924.21, which allows you to get a fantastic city view on a sparkling Diwali night and jam on Bollywood beats.
Indian Australian Cooperative will host the yearly ticketed Diwali event at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham. Besides, the ticket is $31.20 and includes Bollywood dance performances, laser shows with rhythmic drum beats, and a live DJ. Furthermore, the 15th October show is slated to have a free Diwali Bazaar Event from 10 am to 4 pm, while the ticketed event is from 6 pm to 10 pm.
The Diwali celebration by Australian Indian Innovations Inc is perhaps the longest-running annual event, and this year marks its 21st Diwali fair. The Diwali fair will be held on the 30th of October at Springers Leisure Centre (Tatterson Park) from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Moreover, it includes 10 hours of non-stop Entertainment, DJ music, dance performances, singing, lucky draws, and fireworks at 8:30 pm.
Also, this is a free-entry event with complete security and an alcohol-free event, so you can bring your children.
Enjoy a fun-filled Diwali evening with friends and family at Somerville Function Centre, 35 Somerville Rd, Hampton Park, on the 14th of October at 5 pm.
Some other Victorian Diwali events are as follows:
Knox Diwali Mela
October 29, 6 pm – 9 pm – 69 Wadhurst Drive, Boronia, VIC 3155
October 18, 4 pm – 5 pm – Brunswick Library, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC 3056
October 26, 5 pm onwards – Armstrong Creek Community Hub, 6 Central Bvd, Armstrong Creek VIC 3217
Dashain-Tihar Multicultural Festival 2022
October 22, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM – 10 Dimboola Rd, Broadmeadows, VIC 3047
Where to celebrate Diwali if you are in Queensland
The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc (FICQ) will host a free-entry Diwali celebration with Bollywood, folk music and dance on the 28th of October at King Geoge Square, CBD. This is one of the longest-running festival events in the area and attracts patrons from all over Brisbane and other parts of Queensland.
You can also checkout Deepavali: Festival of Lights
October 22, 5 PM – 8:30 PM – Indooroopilly State High School,
111 Ward Street, Indooroopilly, QLD 4068
SOUTH AUSTRALIA Diwali Festival
October 22, 6 pm – 8 pm – Goodwood Primary School
140 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, SA 5034
The Hindu Council of Australia will organise its eighth Diwali celebration mela on the 15th of October (1 pm – 2 pm) at Adelaide Show Ground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville. The celebrations will include rangoli and drawing competitions, flash mob dance performances, Ravan Dahan, fireworks, and Lakshmi Ganesh Mahaarti.
Moreover, the tickets are for only $5.99, and it is a non-alcoholic event promoted as a full-day family and friends fun fair.
Indian Society of Western Australia will organise smoke-free, alcohol-free, and family-friendly events to celebrate Diwali on the 22nd and 23rd of October (3 to 9:30 pm) at Claremont Showgrounds. The Diwali Mela will comprise various stalls serving many Indian dishes and snacks and other stalls selling traditional clothes.
You can enjoy cultural programs, including live bands, songs, dances, and performances for all ages.