Deepavali lights up Indian tourism
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.