Dipawali, The Queensland Multicultural Festival and Free Stuff

There are two things I know I have written about before on this blog. The first is that Australia is a nation of immigrants. The second is that Australia is full of free stuff.

This weekend the two came together with a couple of multicultural festivals.

First up was….

Dipawali: The Indian Festival of Lights.

Also known as Diwali, sometimes spelled Devali, Wikipedia describes it as

an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, celebrated for different reasons, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.

For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.

For Sikhs, Diwali is celebrated as Bandhi Chhor Diwas (The Celebration of Freedom), and celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, who also rescued 52 Hindu kings held captive by Mughal Emperor with him in the Gwalior Fort in 1619.”

Well, on Friday night, in King George Square in the city of Brisbane, we all celebrated Diwali together.

Then there was ….

The Queensland Multicultural Festival

This took place on Sunday over at Roma Street Parkland, also in the city. It was an all-day event, starting at 10 AM and going through till 7 PM. It featured something like 60 or 70 acts from different countries from each and every corner of the world.

Four stages and one amphitheatre offering wall-to-wall entertainment all day long. Want to know what a Russian folkloric ensemble sounds like? This was the place to be.

Interested in hearing a Ghanaian fusion of African rhythms? Then you needed to be at Roma Street Parkland.

Fascinated by Ukrainian traditional dance? You could have learnt the moves here.

Both festivals, of course, completely free.

Time for a jig…..

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