By The IST Newsnetwork
Sydney 17 Oct, 2017
The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House tonight turned gold to mark the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, Diwali.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted a community reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the occasion.
“Tonight we mark an occasion which brings millions of people in Australia and around the world together, by lighting the sails of Australia’s most iconic institution,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The lighting of the Opera House signifies the ancient tradition of lighting ceremonial lamps at this time, marking the eternal triumph of light over darkness.
“More and more Diwali is marked by the all communities across New South Wales, and is one of the most celebrated and anticipated events in our multicultural calendar.”
Diwali is a significant time when Indian and South Asian communities light diyas, or ceremonial lamps, which symbolise lifting of spiritual darkness.
Mr Williams said Diwali was a time for all members of our communities to reflect on the rich cultural diversity of our state.
“The NSW Government appreciates and recognises the outstanding contribution of the Indian and South Asian community in our State,” Mr Williams said.
“Diwali’s central message is universal and inspires confidence and joy in our collective future as the people of NSW.”
The sails of the Sydney Opera House lit up for Diwali on Tuesday 17 October with the support of the NSW Government. Chair of Multicultural NSW, Dr. G.K Harinath thanked Premier and Mr. Williams for organising the reception for celebration of Diwali in New South Wales. He fumbled with Hindi wishes but with the help of audiences he could complete the sentence.
Later, prominent Indian Australian citizens were honoured for their services.