The Auckland Diwali Festival takes its inspiration from Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world.
Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.
Thousands of people attend the festival every year, usually held over Labour Weekend for three days and showcases local and international dance, music and theatre performers, food and craft stalls.
The food stalls were the showstopper for me although we visited with full stomach after a nice birthday lunch elsewhere. There were all sort of sweet treats from $5 and up.
We learned what a Rangoli is. We had fun drawing some random colourful lines and sketches on some computer design which transformed our creation into an art. Rangoli is an Indian folk art form, where designs are drawn onto the ground, traditionally using coloured powders and embellished with sand, rice, candles or flower petals.
This is a very vibrant and colourful event with activities for the old and young. The only hindsight is the car parking which was a nightmare unless you are happy to pay $20 for a whole day park. We only spent a couple of hours there but paid $20 nonetheless as hourly rates were not available for festivals and events.
Photos below are of some public (not someone we know) as the ‘Diwali 2018’ sign was so popular that we had no chance to capture the sign on its own.
Everyone looked happy.
This year, Diwali falls on 7 November 2018.
Happy Diwali everyone. 🙂