Let there be light: Diwali celebrations illuminate the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Here at BridgeClimb we love to get involved in the many vibrant local and international festivals held in Sydney throughout the year, such as Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, and Vivid Sydney. Recently we were excited to be part of the first ever celebration on the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark Diwali, the Hindu ‘Festival of Light’.

Diwali is the largest (and not to mention the brightest!) festival in India and is observed each year on the fifth day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar, usually between October and November.

Traditionally, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. People dress up and decorate their houses and other public spaces with thousands of lights, candles and colourful designs.

Five dancers from Holiya Dance Group and Sydney Sanskrit School joined us for the event and had prepared two special dance routines. We also welcomed ten excited guests from the Hindu Council of Australia and OFBJP Australia to watch the sky-high performances.

After making the journey along the steel arches during a stunning Sydney sunset, both groups reached the summit, which had been decorated with twinkling bright lights for the occasion. The first performance took place as day transitioned to night; with the audience cheering on as the dancers twirled, clapped and shimmied to the music.

During the second performance, the dancers held traditional glowing Dandiya sticks, a prop for one of most popular Indian dances Garba. The vibrant and energetic movements looked pretty incredible with the colourful sticks illuminating the darkness around them!

Happy Diwali everyone!