Tony Abbott Australian Prime Minister said, “Happy Diwali. It is a time to enjoy good food and entertainment, and to celebrate the bonds we share with family and friends. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Diwali – the triumph of light over darkness”.
“In periods of conflict and uncertainty, Australians and Indians have worked, fought and sacrificed together”, Australian PM said highlighting the role of Indians in the First World War.
“Our men served side by side at Gallipoli in the First World War,” Abbott said, adding “In the Second World War, they endured extreme hardship after the fall of Singapore.”
Thousands of Indians attended the day-long functions of music; dance and fireworks were held in suburbs of Sandown and Werribee.
“I offer my best wishes to members of Victoria’s Indian community. This festival has become a symbol of unity, strength, prosperity, hope and at Fed Square will again be the largest festival of its kind in Australia”, said Victorian Labor Party leader Daniel Andrews.
“Diwali truly is one of the principal religious observances in our diverse community as you come together in prayer and reflection”, said Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.