Deepawali is one of the most important events on the Hindu calendar, observed since ancient times. It is an occasion deeply embedded in traditional culture, when families and friends gather together to light diyas, share gifts, and celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.
Today, Deepawali is enjoyed by many around the world, regardless of background or faith. In Australia, festivities are held in cities, towns and homes across our country. Such events bring understanding and appreciation to the broader community, and are a powerful reminder that our society is greatly enriched by its diversity.
As participants gather for this year’s celebration, I encourage everyone to be proud of an Australia where people of different backgrounds and beliefs can be part of our national tradition. I wish you, your family and friends, a happy and prosperous year ahead.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia.