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    Melbourne Celebrates Diwali 2015


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Alam Singh photographed a Diwali celebration in Melbourne City, Australia.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Melbourne was in for a sensational weekend after having heavy rain through the week. The end of the working week and there could not have been a better way to celebrate and party like a rockstar in the heart of Melbourne City, Federation Square celebrating Diwali.

    Diwali is known, as the Indian equivalent of Christmas, also known as the Festival of Lights, is believed to be a symbol of prosperity, brings happiness to 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.

    Celebrate India Team celebrated Diwali their ‘Tenth Anniversary’ of the Celebrations at Federation. This was the Biggest Diwali celebration where over 300 artists performed in over 100 different acts. This also drew a crowd of over 5000 people to the Square. The High Commissioner of India, Mr. Navdeep Suri along with Counsel General Manika Jain was at the event and said that Melbourne was growing on him and he was glad to be back again to celebrate yet another occasion with all the people and the other distinguished guests from the government.

    There were dance performances and laser show. There was an essay competition for the kids that was held in schools that received over 150 entries. A surprise flash mob was also a part of this great festive event. There was a fashion show which had the outfits made out of Khadi and cotton, a very unique concept.

    A very renowned music group Stereo Nation also performed live on Stage on both the days.They were flown in from the UK for this special occasion.

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

    To finish off the night there was a spectacular display of fireworks.
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