The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha proudly announced the celebration of Diwali and Annakut
The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha proudly announced the celebration of Diwali and Annakut at the Queensland Parliament, a vibrant tribute to cultural inclusivity and appreciation. Held on November 29, 2023, this event gathered an esteemed audience, including Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, along with notable figures such as Hon. Speaker Curtis Pitt, Hon. Treasurer Cameron Dick, Hon. Health Minister Shannon Fentiman, Hon. Education Minister Grace Grace, Hon. Multicultural Affairs Minister Linard, Leader of the Opposition Mr. David Crisafulli, Hon Consul of India, Brisbane Mrs. Archana Singh, Qld Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll, and prominent Indian community leaders. Their presence underscored the event’s significance in fostering communal harmony and cultural appreciation.
The speeches delivered by Hon Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Curtis Pitt, David Crisafulli, Mrs. Archana Singh, and Katarina Carroll emphasized cultural unity, multiculturalism, and community collaboration. Premier Palaszczuk highlighted the imperative nature of community unity and shared values, echoing by David Crisafulli, who stressed the intrinsic value of multiculturalism.
The evening featured children and youthful volunteers reciting Sanskrit verses and prayers advocating for global peace and harmony, emphasizing Diwali’s deeper spiritual values. With a gathering of 100 honored guests, the celebration symbolized the victory of light, goodness, and knowledge over darkness. The Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam theme, depicting the world as one family, was a focal point.
An interactive “Gratitude Board” encouraged attendees to express their understanding of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, fostering reflection and unity. The event’s success marked not only the commemoration of Diwali and Annakut but also stood as a platform for cultural exchange, spiritual enlightenment, and communal harmony within Queensland’s Parliament.