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Diwali festival to light up Blacktown Showground this Sunday

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BLACKTOWN will be lit up by twinkling lights and oil lamps to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, this Sunday.

The Blacktown showground will play host to the event from noon to 7.30pm.

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There will be an array of entertainment from food stalls, Bollywood performances, live DJ’s, a tug of war, face painting and henna stalls, fireworks and plenty of dancing.

Diwali festival to light up Blacktown Showground this Sunday

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The fireworks are set to illuminate the sky at 7.15pm.

There are free parking and entry to the festival is $5. Children under five have free entry.

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The Blacktown Council administration building will be lit up for the first time to mark Diwali, starting from October 26.

“Diwali shines a light on Blacktown’s Indian community and allows us to think about the astonishing contribution they have made,” Stephen Bali, Blacktown mayor, said.

The ancient Hindu festival signifies victory over evil, in honour of god Rama who defeated the demon god Ravan and people lit lamps in their homes to welcome the Rama on his return. Diwali is officially celebrated on October 30 this year.

Online SourceThe Daily Telegraph

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