Victoria kickstarts Diwali celebration with Rangoli

By Our Reporter
Diwali at Fed Square

From Master Class cooking to tree planting to construction of a massive rangoli (colourful design made on the floor), Celebrate India is set to usher in the festival of lights, Diwali 2020 with the same fervour and gusto as with all the previous years.

This rangoli project will be held for the second time and will be constructed creatively by Jaya Sharma, co-founder of Celebrate India, along with her team on October 31.

Celebrate India, the organisation at the helm of this iconic festival in Victoria, is hoping the festival of lights will continue up to Christmas in celebration of multiculturalism and acknowledgement of ever religion and festivals that make up Australia’s multicultural fabric.

The Light for Diwali to XMas will see among other things the illumination of the Melbourne Star in the Indian tricolour.

Leading up to the festival which falls on November 14, Celebrate India has organised a cooking Master class on November 3 and is asking international students to register. The first 125 students will receive Diwali Gift Packs which will have enough groceries for two months, says Arun Sharma, founder of Celebrate India.

The Master Class to be conducted by internationally renowned Chef Jasvinder Singh who will teach the art of cooking some healthy food on the run and a Diwali sweet.

Singh is known for brands such as Horn Please, Daughter in-law, Mr.Brownie in Melbourne, Aunty Ji in Sydney and Babu Ji in New York.

Celebrate India team with the support of Indya Foods have decided to provide Diwali Food gift packs to first 125 International students who will register for this Master Class.

“As we all know that this year has challenged everyone. Uncertainty has affected all of us in some way or the other. A section of the community facing quite a tough time is the International students, hence we are asking them to register,” said Arun Sharma, adding, “It is a humble effort to bring some joy for the young ones going through difficult times away from their families. These gift packs will be personally delivered to their homes by the committee members within the Melbourne Metropolitan Region (50kms from CBD).”

The organisation, as part of the festival, will also donate over 85 trees, plants and a seat to Werribee Mansion, Parks Victoria, in honour of Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood actor who was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai on June 14. It will be called Sushant’s Point.

Live streaming of the festival from Federation Square will begin on November 7.

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