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Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House will be lit up in striking golden – for a night – in celebration of Diwali, the traditional Indian festival of light. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will visit the Opera House on the night of Oct 28 to witness the change of colour. Before that, Baird is expected to attend a traditional Hindu ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art, news.com.au reported.
This is not the first time when people will get to witness such a spectacle. The cultural hotspot will shine golden for the third time and the illumination will be visible along the harbour, from 8 pm to midnight.
Surprisingly, Sydney won’t be the only place to celebrate the festival of light. Singapore has already joined the bandwagon and in a first-of-its kind initiative, The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has launched Diwali-themed trains, complete with colourful banners reading ‘Happy Deepawali’, photos with elements such as diyas, lotus, peacock and bright colourful lights. There’s even the Little India station, brightly lit, keeping the theme of Diwali in mind. LTA has decorated the North East Line and Downtown Line platforms as well.
It’s true when they say, festivals bring people together. Diwali, which celebrates the conquest of truth over ignorance and light over darkness – celebrated by Indians, falls on October 30.