Spectacular Diwali celebrations at King George Square organised by the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland
The annual Diwali celebrations organised by the FICQ at the iconic King George Square stand as a highly anticipated event on the calendar, particularly for the expanding Indian diaspora in Brisbane.
The essence of ‘Unity in diversity’ is deeply ingrained in the Indian community’s ethos. Staying true to its mission, the FICQ has consistently fostered connections between the Indian diaspora and the broader community, paving the way for unity at the FICQ Diwali since 2010.
His Excellency Shri Manpreet Vohra, the High Commissioner of India to Australia, graced the occasion and shared with the attendees that the Consulate General of India office in Brisbane will open shortly. Representatives from all three levels of government attended the FICQ Diwali celebrations. Notable guests included Hon. Jim Chalmers, MP, Federal Treasurer and Member for Rankin, Senator the Hon Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister for Emergency Management, Hon Luke Howarth MP, Member for Petrie, and Mr. Stephen Bates MP, Member for Brisbane, Mr. Jarrod Bleijie MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Member for Kawana, and the Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner and Inspector Damien Houston, Officer in charge of the City Patrol Group, all eloquently delivered a speech about Diwali celebrations and the Indian Community that resonated well with the attendees.
To mark the special occasion, the Brisbane City Council lit up City Hall, King George Square, Victoria Bridge, and Story Bridge with the Indian tricolours, creating a festive and captivating atmosphere.
Annually, more than 15,000 people of Indian origin and members of the wider Southeast Queensland community participate in the event, underscoring the festival’s enduring success.
Despite the presence of rain this year, it failed to diminish the enthusiasm and energy of the attendees.
Dhol Tasha Sunshine Coast accorded dignitaries a Dhol Tasha honour while the expansive crowd joyously partook in and commemorated the festivities. Culinary and cultural entertainment played a pivotal role in the celebrations, unfolding throughout the day with diverse food offerings, songs, and dance performances representing various regions of India.
Recognising the relentless efforts of the FICQ committee members over several months, Mr. Anoop Nannuru, President of FICQ, expressed, “Diwali holds immense significance for the Indian community, and organising such a grand event is an enormous undertaking. From securing funds to ensuring financial viability to the meticulous execution and subsequent cleanup, each step requires tremendous effort. Additionally, the crucial role played by the families of the committee members is noteworthy. It’s truly gratifying to witness the unified support of the Indian community during this Diwali celebration. We extend our gratitude to all committee members, advisors, member organisation.