Deepavali lights up WA’s Indian tourism
A NEW concentrate on Indian tourism to WA has given the volunteers behind the Swan Festival of Lights more reason to celebrate.
Tamil culture will need centre stage this weekend as thousands of people celebrate the Hindu festival of Deepavali at the Supreme Court Gardens.
Deepavali, referred to as the Festival of Lights also, celebrates the symbolic victory of light over darkness in every forms.
This year, organisers have chosen to spotlight the constant state of Tamil Nadu.
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Artistic director Sarasa Krishnan said every day would focus on a procession of Tamil culture — including music, dancing, arts and fighting techinques.
But the celebrations wouldn’t normally be confined to Tamil or Indian culture.
Japanese, Balinese, Chinese, Pakistani and spanish culture would share the limelight.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia visited India last month to push for direct flights to Perth.
The STATE has appointed a marketing representative in Mumbai.
“Australia has welcomed with open arms so we feel it really is our duty to talk about our culture with open arms,” Ms Krishnan said.