Poor weather could not stop Elara residents celebrating Diwali, the biggest festival in the Hindu calendar, on Sunday evening. Performances by Bollywood dancers, Henna tattoos, kids crafts, traditional Indian food and music were just a few highlights bringing 400 neighbours together.
Covered in red floral garlands with decorative cushions and lanterns, Livvi’s Café was transformed into a colourful Indian stage for visitors to connect with each other. Children delighted themselves with butterfly wings and red kites sold by the Elara team to create awareness for Touched by Olivia and Red Kite, raising $600 for our charity partners.
"Sunday’s event was part of our community development strategy to enrich the lives of current and future residents in the community. And what better way to celebrate Stockland’s CARE Foundation and raise funds for Touched by Olivia and Red Kite at the same time,” said Caroline O’Donoghue, Community Marketing Manager, Residential.
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the major festivals of Hinduism. It means 'festival with lights' and is celebrated in Autumn in the northern hemisphere in October and November. It marks the beginning of the financial year in India and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.