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    Posted October 26, 2013 by
    AlamSingh
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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Diwali, the festival of lights

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    Melbourne Celebrates Diwali - The Festival of Lights

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Alam Singh let down his hair and joined in the Diwali festivities at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. “You really have to be in the sea of people to experience the fun and joy being expressed through singing and dancing,” said the 25-year-old. As for what the holiday means to him, Singh said: “Diwali for me is one festival to dress up, wear new clothes, dance with friends and family and share the joys the world gives us. Also since it marks the victory of good over evil it gives me inspiration to do so in real life and continue for another year.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    A dull and overcast Melbourne day could do nothing to dull Federation Square as the colorful suits, flags, colours and banners were on show to celebrate Diwali.
    The Indian equivalent of Christmas, also known as the Festival of Lights, is believed to be a symbol of prosperity, bring happiness your house and where good reigns over evil and darkness. It not only has a National but a religious significance to the various religions in India.

    To Celebrate this festival there we many dance performances from various local and international artists who were not just Indian but from other countries. There were olden Goldies from Bollywood movies were played by “The Fifths”, an upcoming prominent live band in Melbourne.

    Another very important aspect was the White Ribbon campaign that addresses the violence against women. Everyone at the event took the oath that “swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women”

    SBS Punjabi Radio did a live broadcast on Air from the Square, which involved lots of big beat songs and dancing. This got all the crowd members young and old shake a leg.

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