Sydney Opera House to light up for festival
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