Australia-based Celebrate India Inc. will be organizing two-day Deepawali (or Diwali) party from 6th to 7th November in Melbourne. The celebrations will take place in the Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square.
According to Mr. Arun Sharma, chairman of Celebrate India Inc., "Diwali has become a well known festival in Australia. Earlier, we used to include 'festival of lights' to explain the event, but now we do not need to. Friends, politicians everyone knows Diwali… We have people eagerly looking forward to the festival, even non-Indians get very excited. That has been the biggest change and achievement".
Various programs such as the fashion parades, live music and cultural entertainment will be the part of the 'Folkwood' theme of 2015 Diwali celebrations. Popular British-Indian artist Tarsame Singh Saini (Taz), the lead singer of pop band Stereo Nation, will perform at the event. Kalbeliya, a popular Rajasthani folk dance group, as well as performances from local bands such as the Om Music Group and The Fifth will also perform at the event. A crowd of over 60,000 people are expected to attend this year's Diwali celebrations.
Australia-based Celebrate India Inc. has been organizing the event for the last 10 years. This organization has been established to facilitate enhanced understanding of the Indian culture and its diversity among wider Australian community, mainly through the means of celebrating its major Indian festivals such as Diwali, etc. The organization has team of 35-70 dedicated volunteers for Diwali celebration preparations.