The Hindu New Year will be celebrated at BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Wangara

Part of the colourful cultural display at the 2013 Diwali event.
Part of the colourful cultural display at the 2013 Diwali event.

OCTOBER 24 marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Light, is a time for reflection and is one of the most important and colourful festivals of the Hindu calendar.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Wangara will host one of the biggest Diwali celebrations in WA.

Over 2000 people, including Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman, will attend.

Centre co-ordinator Mr Mittal Gajjar said Hindu New Year was a time for praying, performing rituals and visiting family and friends.

‘It is a time when charity, goodwill, family values and the love of God are celebrated and reinforced,’ he said.

‘The offering of Annkut occurs the day after Diwali, and is the beginning of the New Year.’

Annakut, or a ‘mountain of food,’ is offered as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude.

Anyone can attend the celebration at the BAPS Cultural Centre, 3 Buckingham Drive, from 6pm to experience the tradition, colours and culture of the Hindu faith.