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Media Release


13 November 2023

City lights up to celebrate Diwali

Parramatta’s streets will be filled with the lights, colour, and flavours of Diwali as celebrations kick off across the City this weekend.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs annually. It marks the start of the Hindu New Year.

City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Pierre Esber said the city was the place to be this Diwali.

“From the CBD to Little India in Harris Park, there’s plenty of places to get a taste of Diwali,” Cr Esber said.

“Parramatta is a city that thrives on its multiculturism, and the Diwali festival is testament to the vibrant tapestry of cultures that make up our community.”

Cr Esber said it’s a celebration that everyone from all backgrounds can get involved in.

Join in the Diwali celebrations at PHIVE by:

  • Visiting the Journey of Shri Ram exhibition. Running over three weekends from Friday 17 November to Sunday 3 December, the exhibition celebrates Ramayana tradition through traditional art, activities for children, story telling and flower garland making workshops.
  • Getting some free henna hand art. Free henna art will be provided between 10am and 2pm each day between Friday 10 November and Sunday 12 November.

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