Local Indians welcome all to celebrate Diwali festival

Port Lincoln residents from Indian cultures are coming together to celebrate the Diwali Festival, also known as the festival of lights, on November 10.

The event organisers are putting proceeds from ticket sales towards West Coast Youth and Community Support.

While some traditionally celebrated the event this weekend, they are also hosting a large event to open up to the wider community.

Akash Thakural said they wanted the event to showcase the different cultures within India.

"There is different culture, food and dances from all over India," he said.

"India is full of multi-culture and festivals."

Monika Dhiman said there were many reasons Indians celebrated the Diwali Festival, and in northern India they celebrated the return of Lord Rama after his 14 years in exile by lighting candles and fireworks to welcome him home.

Sikhs celebrate the release of Guru Hargobind from prison and the festival also coincides with the Hindu new year.

Gods are also worshipped including goddess Lakshmi who is thought to bring health and wealth.

Harjit Samra said as part of the Port Lincoln event, they would be performing three dances, the garba and gidha performed by the women and the bhangra performed by the men.

Mr Thakural said the event, to be held at the Kirton Point Bowling Club from 5pm to 8pm, would offer a three-course meal incorporating four different options for entree and main and two options for dessert with vegetarian dishes too.

"The main theme of this cultural activity is to show the people of Port Lincoln the different cultures of India, how they live, what they eat, what they wear," he said.

Tickets will cost $35, with 40 to 50 tickets available to the wider community.

Six Indian-owned businesses in Port Lincoln are also sponsoring the event, including Fumo 28, Orderoo, Caltex, Spicy Planet, Surburban Taxis and Coffin Bay Pharmacy.