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HCA Deepavali Fair 2014

October 9, 2014

Hindu Council of Australia promises dance, music, fireworks, kabaddi tournament, thousands of dollars’ worth of raffles and prizes, dance competition and a rangoli competition to draw in crowds from across all cultures and communities

Deepavali Fair 2014 organised by Hindu Council of Australia will be held on Sunday 19 October 2014 at Parramatta Park in Parramatta. Hindu Council of Australia is the umbrella body for Hindus in Australia. The organisations’ aims and objectives are to represent Hindus settled in Australia from different countries of the world like Nepal, India, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh and many more.

Deepavali Fair at Parramatta on 19 October is organised to promote the art and culture amongst the Hindus and a wider community in Sydney. It is one of the biggest community events in Sydney being held for the past 16 years with huge success. There will be Music, dance and entertainment from 11.30 am till late and finish with spectacular fireworks and 40 Feet high Raavan Effigy burning with fire crackers. The presence of food stalls, promotional stalls, info booths and rides for kids makes the day even more entertaining and enterprising.

The HCA has been organising the Deepavali Fair in Sydney since 1999 in a large public space accessible to the community at large. The Fair has grown into one of the most important cultural festivals in Sydney. This year, the biggest Deepavali Fair will be held at Parramatta Park from 11.30 am to 8.30 pm.

Public engagement– This year at the fair, there will be substantial public interaction with our volunteers through Trivia, quizzes, feedback/comment wall, photo-booth for photography and raffles.

Western Union dance competition– Over the years, this competition has attracted Sydney’s most talented dance groups and has been one of the key events of the festival. This year will be no different with several teams competing to win the coveted title and the very generous cash prizes once again sponsored by Western Union. First prize will be $1000, 2nd prize $750 and third prize $250.

Kabaddi tournament– First time ever the game of Kabaddi will be played on the day. Kabaddi is a unique Indian sport loved and played by most.

Rangoli competition– This year the second time a Rangoli competition is being organised as part of the festival after its success last year. Rangoli is a traditional and ancient art form that has been passed down from one generation to another. The colourful and bright patterns are made at the entrance or in courtyards on auspicious days such as Deepavali to decorate the homes and bring good luck to the household by welcoming deities. There will be attractive prizes on offer.

Raavan and fireworks– The Deepavali Fair is a unique event in Australia where a large effigy of Raavan is burnt thus showcasing the victory of good over evil. It brings back memories of traditional celebrations of Dussehra. The fireworks of fair are an added attraction for all thus celebrating Deepavali with the same spirits as it is celebrated back in India.

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