Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (09:56): It is almost the time to begin preparing for Diwali celebrations again. Diwali has become a staple of the Victorian cultural festival calendar. As you would know, Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is the festive celebration of the win of light over the darkness.
This year Diwali will be celebrated on 4 November 2021. Diwali is a very auspicious occasion for Hindus, and it is celebrated across the world also by Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Traditionally millions of devotees decorate their homes with lights; create beautiful rangoli, which is an artwork made with dry colours on the floor; eat delicious foods; get together with their families and friends; and pray to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth.
Now that we are opening up our Victorian state safely and are swiftly moving towards achieving key milestones in our road map and achieving the required double-vaccination rates I am looking forward to attending Diwali events organised in a COVID-safe environment.
Victoria is home to a vibrant and harmonious multicultural community. We are also lucky to have such a wonderful multicultural community filled with amazing events and festivals. Multicultural festivals like Diwali strengthen our community and build a better Victoria for us all. Diwali is a delightful and inclusive celebration. I encourage everyone to join and celebrate their local Diwali event in a COVID-safe manner in Victoria.
I give my warm wishes to all who are celebrating Diwali.
From my family to yours, Happy Diwali.