Sydney Christmas celebrations to be more native and greener

December 7, 2009 at 9:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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In Sydney, celebrations this year are designed to be a lot greener and far more Australian as compared to the previous years.

The projections on the Town Hall building will feature images that are uniquely native. The impressive facade of the Victorian sandstone building will reflect images that are exclusively and expressly Australian. The images will include those of wattle blossoms, kookaburras, blue bottles, flying foxes, echidnas, sailing yachts, blue-tongued lizards, parks, King Parrots, bottle brushes, a pink galah in a gum tree and diverse cultures of Australia – iconic Australian images that will give the Christmas celebrations a remarkable Sydney or Australian flavour!
In addition to the 21-metre giant-size Christmas tree at Martin Place, there is an 8-metre tree at Taylor Square and several other Christmas trees at several other locations. In view of enhanced sustainability, all light decorations will be powered by GreenPower. The fireworks also make use of green explosives causing minimum harm to the people and the environment!

The Christmas Concert venues give out a clear message of sustainability! School students’ display of their little gardens in garden boxes, as part of Live Green School Garden Project, will pass on a healthy message on the green methods of growing plants and preparing food.

And as a frosting on the Christmas cake, all decorations will be of a reusable nature!

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Diwali on a starry night on the Sydney Harbour

October 9, 2009 at 7:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Diwali or Deepavali, as some call it, meaning Festival of Lights, is a festival that spreads love and a sense of sharing. People all over the world are attracted by its pomp and splendour and solemnity.

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Australia has been celebrating the Festival of Lights in the recent years in a style that befits its glory! The celebrations have been held in places as famous as the Sydney Olympic Park and the Flemington Racecourse, where the famous Melbourne Cup is held yearly. This year, the Parliament House of NSW will remain illuminated from October 17 to the month end. With the theme being “Australia – An evolving multicultural nation,” the celebration is going to generate much creativity and fun!

The celebrations at Parramatta Stadium have all the Indian ingredients – the food, the Bollywood music and dancing, the fireworks and even the intricate and exquisite mehndi or henna tattoos!

However, the Diwali celebrations offered by the Sydney Harbour surpass them all! The harbour, which is very beautiful during the day with the world’s most beautiful icons and lovely landmarks strewn all around and the different hues of blue reflected by the sky and the sea, is all the more so during the night with the distant city lights, the stars and the sparkling waters. And what’s more, there are Diwali cruises where you can celebrate the festival while cruising around the harbour! Magistic Cruises, in addition to their lunch and dinner cruises, offers a Diwali Party Dinner Cruise that has all the elements of Diwali including Indian vegetarian food, Bollywood DJ and dancing, Indian code of dressing, special lighting and whatnot! Imagine celebrating the Festival of Lights on a starry night sailing on the dancing waves of Sydney Harbour!

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