diwali, this saturday (13/10)

diwali or the festival of lights, is celebrated this year, at federation square, on saturday, 13 october 2007. i am however informed that diwali itself is actually not this weekend, but at a later date. i expect the entire day to be a grand photographic opportunity, and a great way to sample indian food-stuff.

things to look out for are the traditional dances from noon onwards, all the stalls, and in the early evening, fireworks on the yarra! apparently, even some iconic melbourne buildings will be illuminated for diwali as well.

a tad ironic, as the big switch off, just happened last week!

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7 Comments so far

  1. Anish (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    Diwali will actually be celebrated in India after about 30 days. No harm in early celebration :) Friday (12th Oct) onwards there is Navratri – 9 nights of worshipping 9 goddesses. 10th Days is Dashera – the celebration of the day when Lord Rama defeated King Ravana of Lanka. And 20 days later would be Diwali when Rama returned to his kingdom of Ayudhya.

  2. adrock2xander (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    Is it me or is the festival only called Diwali in these parts of the world? In South-East Asia it’s called Deepavali. Or is this another attempt by the white people to colonise and belittle Asian countries and cultures?

  3. Darren (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    My Indian friends from Singapore do call it Diwali, actually. :)

  4. Namrata (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    Diwali, Deewali, Deepawali, Dipawali… Its all the same…. What’s in a name???

  5. Neil (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

    This was argued last year,


    I couldn’t care less about the name as long as there is some tasty Indian food to be had at the festival.

  6. colin (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    haha, this is always amusing. adrock, you should write a post how words are different for celebrations.

    good thing christmas seems to be the same in singapore, australia, and the rest of the world!

  7. Ajith (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 2:37 pm


    also called: Christ’s Mass, Yule, Yule Tide, Xmas.

    Date: December 25 (December 24 in some countries)
    The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6
    January 7 in Old Calendarist Eastern Orthodox Churches. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the churches of Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland, Greece and Cyprus observe Christmas on December 25.


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