Syd­ney Opera House to light up for fes­ti­val

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Syd­ney: Aus­tralia is all set lit up iconic build­ing Syd­ney Opera House to cel­e­brate the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights, Di­wali 2016.

The na­tion will turn the build­ing gold for a night to help Aussie In­di­ans en­joy the essence of their festive sea­son abroad. Mean­while, Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull wished his In­dian com­mu­nity peo­ple a happy “Deep­avali”. He men­tioned the im­por­tance of the fes­ti­val across the world. He added that the oc­ca­sion gives peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to meet friends and fam­i­lies and gather to­gether to “light diyas, share gifts”. Mr Turnbull also said that the fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of the tri­umph of light over dark­ness. “To­day Deep­avali is en­joyed by many around the world, re­gard­less of back­ground or faith. In Aus­tralia, fes­tiv­i­ties are held in cities, towns and homes across our coun­try,” Mr Turnbull said. “Such events bring un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the broader com­mu­nity, and are a pow­er­ful re­minder that our so­ci­ety is greatly en­riched by its di­ver­sity,” he added. “I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to be proud of an Aus­tralia where peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds and be­liefs can be part of our na­tional tra­di­tion.”

As far as the dec­o­ra­tion of the Syd­ney Opera House is con­cerned, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird vis­ited the iconic spot on Fri­day to ex­pe­ri­ence the colour change him­self. Ac­cord­ing to News 18, Mr Baird might at­tend the tra­di­tional cul­tural pro­gram to be held at the build­ing’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art. Be­sides Syd­ney, Mel­bourne is sched­uled to host a three-day­long event at the Iconic Fed­er­a­tion Square build­ing on Satur­day, which is sched­uled to be at­tended by thou­sands of In­di­ans as well as Aussies. Premier Daniel An­drews also at­tended a cul­tural event held in the city to cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val. Aus­tralia Net­work News

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