Sydney Opera House Turns GOLD for Diwali
The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House turned gold to mark the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, Diwali on Tuesday night.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted a community reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the occasion.
Many other distinguished members were also present at the celebration, including the Indian Consul General Mr. B. Vanlalvawna, Dr. G.K (Hari) Harinath – Chairman of the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board, Dr Geoff Lee, MP, Ms Jodi McKay, MP, other Ministers, MPs and community members.
“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 and new beginnings.
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.”
Selected members of the Indian Community were also recognized for their services to the community.
The sails of the Sydney Opera House lit up for Diwali on Tuesday 17 October with the support of the NSW Government.