Diwali is India’s five-day festival of lights, signalling the new year and celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. Diwali itself falls on the third day of the festival, the date changing year by year in line with the Hindu lunar calendar. Traditionally, Hindus, Sikhs and Jain celebrate by lighting candles, spring cleaning, creating elaborate patterns in coloured powder on the floor, wearing new clothes and jewellery, preparing feasts and exchanging presents. This is also a time to help the poor and to pray for prosperity. In public celebrations, fireworks and musical performances are popular.
The event was hosted at Stockland’s Newhaven Community in Harrisdale. Our photographers joined in the local Diwali celebrations, where people of all faiths gathered to celebrate with their Indian neighbours.
On behalf of all of us at Lost Magazine we’d like to wish Australia’s Indian community a happy and prosperous Diwali.
Photography by Liam Thomson and Kira Carlin.