by Shalini Singh, Bharat Times

Victorian Indians are getting ready for festivities this weekend. Two of the BIGGEST Diwali festivals are being organized this weekend. First – on Saturday, 19 October, Celebrate India’s Diwali @ Fed Square will have the onlookers and participants entertained – non-stop from about midday all the way through to fireworks. The program has all it takes to give families the best possible close to home feel while being thousands of miles away from home – be it workshops to learn how to tie a saree, dance or your food stalls, henna art, clothing, Fashion jewellery and much more… Hop on to a train and head to Flinders Street station – and just join the fun.

Hosted by the AFL, Fed Square Diwali was launched on Monday, 14 October with much fanfare at Marvel stadium. The program is absolutely superb if the two dance presentations were any indication.

To see a glimpse of a really great Kathak dance presented on the day, please click here.

To catch a glimpse of a novel and unique dandiya presented by Vaishnav Sangha, please click here.

For more details of the program on Saturday, 19 October, please click here.

AIII’s Diwali 2019

Then – on Sunday, 20 October, AIII’s 18th Diwali Festival is being held at Springers Leisure Centre & Tatterson Park Keysborough – offering 10 hours of nono-stop entertainment, DJ music, dances, singing, lucky draws to win exciting prizes and much more right through to @ 8:30 PM.

There will be ample free parking for patrons’ convenience. For the family and children – there will be Children rides, food trucks, Variety stalls – including – Henna, Jewellery, Clothing and Fashion and much more…

“AIII (the Australian Indian Innovations Inc.) has been bringing communities together for the past 19 years… We are proud to state that every Diwali Fair in Victoria emanated from the seeds sown by AIII 19 years ago. We support communities, Schools, Senior Citizens, Overseas disasters with Cash & moral support…” say the organizers of AIII Diwali.

The event will be fully Alcohol free and safe for the families to attend as there will be sufficient police to take care of any trouble makers.

For the uninitiated and a virtuoso alike, this weekend has all the makings of being a DOUBLE FUN weekend. Just let your hair down, put you leisure hats on, take your families out to celebrate – what is India’s BIGGEST festival – with 100% participation from its people. Hug your friends and foes alike and with them “Happy Diwali” @ Fed Square or in Keysborough or both to double the fun.

The actual festival date is Sunday, 27th October when you can celebrate the festival in your own home and propitiate your God (“isht”) the way you think is appropriate and the at the time you find suitable.

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