LOOKING FORWARD: Owners Rajesh and Priyanka Sharma (rear) and staff (from left) Jasan Singh, Pitamber Duff and Sony Singh.
LOOKING FORWARD: Owners Rajesh and Priyanka Sharma (rear) and staff (from left) Jasan Singh, Pitamber Duff and Sony Singh. David Nielsen

Sharmas bring a light to celebration season

IT'S not Christmas or Easter; the biggest event marked in the Sharma family's calendar is Diwali, known as the festival of light.

Indian Mehfil owners Rajesh and Priyanka Sharma again will share the fun of the spiritual festival with Ipswich people, through a feast and celebration this Sunday.

Mr Sharma said Diwali honoured the victory of good over evil, or brightness over darkness.

"The Diwali celebrations will also fall on Remembrance Day this year, so it will be a very special day across cultures for Ipswich people," he said.

Mr Sharma said Diwali was a great opportunity to shine a light on Indian culture.

"We are proud to be a part of Ipswich and also proud to share this event with Ipswich people," he said.

Mr Sharma encouraged those attending to dress in traditional costume for the evening as part of the full cultural experience.

"Guests will be able to spend their Sunday evening enjoying a banquet and music and watching dance performances," he said.

There would also be bindis, and guests could have henna body painting done for an extra cost.

Mr Sharma said profits from the event would be donated to veterans' family support charity Legacy, as well as to children's charity Variety.

"The Ipswich community has been very kind to us since we opened Mehfil three years ago, and we want to give something back," he said.

"We're hoping for a record turnout so we can make the biggest donation yet."

The celebration will run in d'Arcy Doyle Pl, 5.30pm-9pm.

Tickets cost $40 for adults and $15 for children aged 14 and under.

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 3281 8683.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

  • Diwali is traditionally celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains and celebrates the victory of good (light) over evil (darkness).
  • The celebration of the five-day festival varies across regions, and can include fireworks, worship, lantern ceremonies and sweet-sharing.
  • Diwali is a holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and many other countries.


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