Diwali ArtSpace Exhibition of Hindu Art

The Hindu Council of Australia and the Strathfield Council are hosting a unique ‘Diwali’ themed art exhibition at Strathfield’s High Street Library.

Visit Our facebook event page here to register your interest.

The Diwali art space exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Strathfiled on 8thNovember 2018 with catering and flyers provided by the Library. The exhibition will continue until 20th November 2018. The library will be advertising the art exhibition with flyers, on its website and on other art exhibition platforms.

The idea is to promote Diwali theme art work so that art buyers can see the art work and purchase it directly from the artists. Entire proceeds of the art work will go directly to the artist as neither Hindu Council nor the Library will charge any commission. The space will also be provided free of cost. All that the artists have to do is, bring their art work paintings, display them and wait for it to be appreciated and sometimes sold.

It is expected that artists will produce original art work based on Diwali theme and a catalogue of all paintings and other art work will be produced much before the event to be publicised and will be distributed far and wide.

We have received over 60 entries from over 25 artists so far.  Further ENTRIES ARE CLOSED.

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What is Diwali?

Diwali is ‘Festival of Light’, a time when people come together to celebrate good conquering evil, light conquering dark. This celebration of new beginnings coincides with the Hindu New Year and the start of the new business year, so there are prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the god of wisdom and luck, for a successful year. It’s the biggest event in the Hindu calendar, and Sikhs and Jains celebrate similar festivals at the same time as Hindus celebrate Diwali.

When is Diwali celebrated?

The exact dates of Diwali change each year and are based on the Hindu lunar calendar, but it falls in the autumn, between mid-October and mid-November. The festivities take place over five days, with the festival itself falling on the third day.

The legends behind Diwali

Different parts of India celebrate or place more emphasis on different legends at Diwali. In northern India, the festival particularly celebrates the return and coronation of Rama and his wife Sita from their fourteen-year exile following the 15th century BC defeat of the ten-headed demon, Ravana. Elsewhere, many link Diwali with Parvathi, the goddess of love and devotion, while for many others, the festival primarily honours the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi; in Bengal, it’s the goddess Kali. Meanwhile, Indians in the north central region, along with the Nepalese, remember Krishna’s victory over the demon king Narakasura.

What do Diwali celebrations involve?

The word “Diwali” literally means “rows of lighted lamps”, which gives you a good idea of what the festival looks like. As you might expect, Diwali celebrations are all about bright lights: firework displays are put on, and people decorate their homes with colourful lights and earthenware candles called ‘diyas’. Shops and other public spaces are similarly adorned. These lamps are said to help the goddess Lakshmi - goddess of wealth - find her way to homes and businesses, and windows are often left open to allow the goddess in, bringing wealth with her. Adding to the colour are rangoli artworks on the floors of living rooms and courtyards; these are bright patterns (the most popular being a lotus flower) created from coloured sand, petals, flour or dry rice.

Eating is a central part of the festivities, and feasts are prepared in much the same way as Christians do for Christmas - except that there’s no set dish, as families have their own traditional Diwali favourites. Indian sweets are particularly popular during Diwali; it’s also a time when friends and families exchange gifts and sweets, as well as giving to the needy. People wear new clothes during Diwali, and give their homes a thorough clean.
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