Diwali Festival of Lights

Celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights - India's best-loved festival - with us this year in Auckland and Wellington. Our festivals feature traditional and contemporary Indian dance and music, food stalls offering a variety of tasty treats from around India, and a grand finale fireworks display.

2014 Diwali Festivals

Auckland

When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October
Where: Aotea Square
Time: 12pm-9pm

The festival is presented by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Wellington

When: Sunday 19 October
Where: TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6
Time: 1pm-10.30pm

For more information about Diwali in Wellington, email diwali@catnz.org.nz or call Murali Kumar on 021-685-804.

Menaka PP BoraInternational performers

International performers as this year's festivals include:

  • Sattriya Dance Group, led by classical dancer, choreographer and musicologist Menaka PP Bora. The group will use speech, masks, traditional artifacts and instruments in their production, which bring India's 15th century classical Sattirya dance into a contemporary context.

What is Diwali?

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life. It is celebrated by people in India and Indians living abroad. Families light lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance and good over evil.

Performers at the 2013 Auckland Diwali Festival

Images of Diwali

Want to get an idea of what the festivals are like? Here are a few pictures from last year's festivals to give you a taste!

You'll find more images of the festivals on our Facebook page.

Dancers from Jharkhand state in east India were among the international guests at the 2013 festivals

Resources for teachers

Social sciences units of work that encourage students to explore how Diwali is celebrated and to discover why this festival is significant to the peoples of India.

Last updated: 19 Sep 2014