Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus, celebrated for five continuous days. Diwali means 'a row or series of lights', with festivities including decorating public spaces and homes with lights, colorful fireworks displays, cultural activities, and the sharing of food and gifts.
The festival celebrates the spiritual victory of good over evil, while a personal journey is reflected in the themes of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Hundreds of thousands of Australians will be joining in at Diwali celebrations across the country.
Throughout the month SBS joins the Diwali celebrations with a brand new food series, a range of documentaries, and an On Demand Exclusives Collection. Viewers also have the opportunity to win a trip to India.
A VR experience, Tomorrow’s Diwali, will highlight what Indian festivals represent to the diverse Indian Australian community. Tomorrow’s Diwali combines real-time art with emotive narrative from a range of community voices. Visual artist Keroshin Govender takes audiences on an immersive journey, creating visual representations that reflect stories from Australia’s diverse Indian community for all Australians to experience.
For your chance to win a trip to India, visit sbs.com.au/diwali before 4 November.
My Restaurant in India – begins Thursday 20 October, 9pm
Masterchef 2014 contestant Sarah Todd is opening a 400 seat restaurant and club in Goa. This six-part series will follow Sarah through the crucial stages of the restaurant development, through the chaos of opening night and beyond as she sets about creating the ultimate Goan beach dining experience.
Wild Sri Lanka – begins Friday 28 October, 7:30pm
The plains of Sri Lanka offer a wildlife spectacle to rival Africa's Serengeti. The landscape may seem timeless, but everything is in a state of constant change. It's a climate that every living thing must adapt to, by changing, by migrating – and sometimes by forming the most unlikely alliances with each other, and also with man.
World’s Busiest Railway – begins Wednesday 16 November, 7:30pm
World’s Busiest Railway goes behind the scenes of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus super-sized transport operation to reveal how the station’s staff and technological systems cope as they are stretched to breaking point on a daily basis.
Kolkata: City of Joy – Tuesday 22 November, 8:30pm
Sue Perkins immerses herself in the complex life of Kolkata. She sees first-hand how it has evolved from a place notorious for its fabled 'Black Hole' dungeon and the dreadful poverty of its street people to a place reinventing itself as a vibrant new megacity, with a booming property sector and a reputation for eccentricity, culture and tolerance.
Treasures of Ancient India – begins Saturday 29 October, 7:30pm
The story of the Indian sub-continent told through the treasures that have shaped the modern Indian world. Host Sona Datta takes a journey of thousands of miles deep into the Indian subcontinent to discover some of its most hidden treasures and reveal secrets from its ancient past. Sona travels back 5000 years to the ancient civilisation that first grew up on the shores of the Indus; revealing the lost Buddhist culture of northern Pakistan, and luxuriating in the extraordinary architectural flowering of the Mughal Empire and the fabulous temples of South India.
India: Nature’s Wonderland – begins Wednesday 2 November, 7:30pm
India - land of stunning wildlife, ancient cultures and extreme landscapes. Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta reveal India's natural wonders.
SBS On Demand Exclusives Collection
In Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, a meal made by an unhappy young housewife mistakenly lands in the hands of a widower. After realising the mix up, the strangers begin to communicate through a series of letters, revealing a little more of themselves each time.
The World Before Her – from 18 October
Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernising India- one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.
The entire Diwali collection will be available on SBS On Demand: www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/
Experience Tomorrow’s Diwali with SBS Radio at events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from 16 to 23 October.
Diwali Festival, Blacktown Showgrounds
Sunday 16 October, 12-7.30pm
Deepavali Fair, Parramatta Park, Parramatta
Sunday 23 October, 12-10pm
Sri Durga Temple Celebrations Dussehra, Rockbank
Sunday 16 October, 11am - 8pm
Wyndham Diwali, Presidents Park
Saturday 22 October, 12-10pm
AIII Diwali Fair, Sandown Racecourse
Sunday 23 October, 11:30am – 9pm
King George Square, Brisbane
Friday 21 October, 11am – 9pm