Diwali Festival of Lights

Celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights - India's best-loved festival - with us each 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

Menaka PP Bora tells festival-goers about the Sattriya dance form

This event was held in partnership with the Wellington City Council.


Auckland Diwali Festival was presented by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation on 11 and 12 October.

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.

Young Bollywood dance peformers waiting backstage for their performance in Auckland

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.

Menaka PP Bora demonstrates Sattirya dance to students at Favona Primary in Auckland

Last updated: 28 Oct 2014