One of the biggest festivals on the Hindu calendar is coming to Whittlesea.

More than 10,000 people are expected to head to the grounds of the Whittlesea civic centre in South Morang for the annual Diwali festival on October 26.

Event organiser Nishtha Goel said Diwali, which is also known as the festival of lights, was a chance for families and friends to come together and exchange gifts, sweets and wishes for an auspicious year ahead.

“It is also a great way for everyone who is so busy in their everyday routines to reconnect with people whom they may not regularly speak with but care about,” she said.

“We would like to invite the multicultural community to Vivid Diwali Whittlesea and we assure you will leave with smiles, happiness and lasting memories.”

Vivid Diwali

Nishtha with Siddhant, Raj, Sunil and Sushant. (Shawn Smits)

Ms Goel said during Diwali, Indian houses are decorated with dazzling lights and clay lamps are lit to signify the victory of good over evil.

This year’s event will include Bollywood dancing workshops, multicultural singing and dancing, carnival rides, henna tattoos, camel rides and a fireworks display. Entry is free but registration is required.