PERFECT NIGHT: The Ipswich Diwali Festival at Indian Mehfil.
PERFECT NIGHT: The Ipswich Diwali Festival at Indian Mehfil. David Nielsen

Ipswich shows true colours in Indian cultural extravaganza

A RECORD number of people donned their most colourful attire to celebrate the sixth annual Ipswich Diwali Festival.

Festival host Raj Sharma said 538 people celebrated Diwali on Sunday and described the event as the "perfect night".

"We could not have asked for anything more. It was simply the best," he said.

"Seeing Ipswich celebrate like that was just awesome."

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard spoke at the festival, describing Diwali as the triumph of light over darkness or knowledge over ignorance.

"Our multiculturalism is our greatest strength," Ms Howard said.

"I'd like to thank Raj and Priyanka for their investment - not just financial but personal - in our community."

The vibrant festival included a wide array of traditional Indian dishes, Bollywood dancers, henna painting and plenty of music to get the crowd up and dancing.

"Seeing 50 or 60 kids get up and dance was great," Mr Sharma said.

The festival host also said it was fantastic to see people from all backgrounds enjoying Diwali.

"I'd like to thank everyone who came," Mr Sharma said.

"We call this city home because most people embrace multiculturalism.

"There should be more nights like this in Ipswich."



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