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Festival of lights celebrated in Australia

Melbourne: Celebrating the Hindu festival of lights, an annual Diwali event was held here that attracted thousands of Indians and locals to enjoy cultural performances along with fund-raising for an awareness campaign to “Stop violence against women.”

Held at the iconic Federation Square building on Novem-ber 11, Australian Hindus gathered to enjoy music and dance, live performances, dance and craft workshops, Indian food and interactive items with AFL players and Australian cricketers.

Indian, Spanish and Chinese artists also performed few unique collaborative fusion items and an 11-member Sidi Goma Tribal group enthralled the spectators.

A fund-raising and awareness program White Ribbon Campaign to “Stop violence against women” was also held and oath taking ceremonies were conducted asking all men to say no to violence against women.