- Major Diwali festival comes to Claremont Showgrounds this weekend
- Family-friendly community event supported by McGowan Government with $115,000
Western Australia's premier Diwali event, the Diwali Mela, will take place this weekend (November 7-8) at Claremont Showgrounds, as part of WA's ongoing celebrations of the Indian festival.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is an Indian cultural and religious festival celebrated with dazzling displays of dancing, fireworks and food. People mark the celebration by wearing their finest clothes, illuminating their houses and giving thanks to deities for prosperity and wealth.
This weekend's event is one of many Diwali events happening around the State, including celebrations held at Parliament House this week right through to the popular Bunbury Diwali Festival of Lights on November 21.
This year's Diwali Mela takes on special meaning for Western Australians as it will be one of the biggest community events to take place following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in WA, with the inclusion of an COVID Event Plan and COVID event marshals, and the application of COVID safe principles.
WA's strong management of COVID-19 has allowed outdoor public events with large gatherings to take place safely, with attendees reminded to follow all health advice, practise physical distancing where possible and maintain good hygiene.
Diwali Mela is organised by the Indian Society of WA (ISWA), the peak body for WA's Indian communities, and offers activities and performances for the whole family to enjoy.
Diwali Mela, presented by LiveLighter, is proudly supported by the McGowan Government with grants of $50,000 from Lotterywest, $45,000 from Healthway and $20,000 from the Office of Multicultural Interests.
More information about Diwali Mela and other Diwali events happening in WA, is available from http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Being able to come together to enjoy community festivals like Diwali Mela is testament to the hard work and vigilance of all Western Australians to help keep our State safe and strong.
"I wish the Indian community and all Western Australians celebrating Diwali an extra special celebration this year.
"Over the summer months, we are fortunate to have a number of vibrant and dynamic celebrations that showcase our cultural diversity and I encourage all Western Australians to participate and celebrate our cultural diversity."
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"Diwali Mela is one of our most colourful and engaging community festivals that attracts people from across the community to celebrate WA's cultural diversity.
"This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about Indian cultures and be a part of a major global celebration - right here in Perth."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Diwali Mela can be enjoyed by so many Western Australians because of our State's COVID-19 safety guidelines, and I acknowledge the commitment by the Indian Society of WA in ensuring we celebrate safely.
"This year's event offers families a diverse display of vibrant performances, live music and Indian culture, and I'm pleased there will be healthy options on offer for those attending."
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