Deep­avali lights up In­dian tourism

The West Australian - - NEWS - Liam Croy

A new fo­cus on In­dian tourism to WA has given the vol­un­teers be­hind the Swan Fes­ti­val of Lights more rea­son to cel­e­brate.

Tamil cul­ture will take cen­tre stage this week­end as tens of thou­sands of peo­ple cel­e­brate the Hindu fes­ti­val of Deep­avali at the Supreme Court Gar­dens.

Deep­avali, also known as the Fes­ti­val of Lights, cel­e­brates the sym­bolic vic­tory of light over dark­ness in all forms.

This year, or­gan­is­ers have cho­sen to fo­cus on the state of Tamil Nadu.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Sarasa Kr­ish­nan said each day would start with a pro­ces­sion of Tamil cul­ture — in­clud­ing mu­sic, danc­ing, arts and mar­tial arts.

But the cel­e­bra­tions would not be con­fined to Tamil or In­dian cul­ture.

Ja­panese, Ba­li­nese, Chi­nese, Span­ish and Pak­istani cul­ture would share the lime­light.

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia vis­ited In­dia last month to push for di­rect flights to Perth.

The State Gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed a mar­ket­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Mum­bai.

“Aus­tralia has wel­comed with open arms so we feel it is our duty to share our cul­ture with open arms,” Ms Kr­ish­nan said.

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