Diwali – Festival of Lights

Happy Diwali to all the Indians across the world! This year, it falls on Tuesday 13th November 2012.

20121111-210909.jpg I do miss this festive season in Malaysia, which is widely celebrated by all Malaysians regardless of race and background, which is a significant Malaysian public holiday. It is known in Malaysia as “Deepavali”. Happy Deepavali to all Malaysian Indians.

In Australia with the largest Indian community residing in Melbourne, it is widely celebrated by the community at the Federation Square (Fed Square) last Saturday with live and colourful performances, food stalls and other cultural stands. There was a bit of Bollywood and hip hop with an Indian twist. It was a perfect day for the festival. Plenty of sunshine.

20121111-212335.jpg The crowd was building up very quickly. By late afternoon, most of the public space was filled up with Indian revellers watching the live performances and fireworks.

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20121111-213306.jpg He is one very tall, handsome man. I don’t think he is Indian though.

20121111-213445.jpg Strange that I have walked on Fed Square open space many times, but never knew there are pavers with words.

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20121111-214151.jpg I was soaking in the vitamin D for almost 3 hours until I had to take a bit of shelter inside the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) building.

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20121111-214756.jpg Inside the ACMI building, there was a rare and collectible book market.

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