Diwali

Diwali - also known as the 'Festival of Lights' - is Wellington's local Indian and South East Asian communities' most vibrant cultural celebration.

Dancers at Diwali Festival.

Dancers at the festival

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The lighting of lamps at this ancient Hindu festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life.

The Wellington festival takes place in October each year and is presented in partnership by the Wellington City Council and Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Diwali showcases contemporary and traditional Indian music and dancing, food and crafts, exhibitions and workshops, and children's activities.

Past activities and workshops have included sari tying, rangoli (traditional decorative designs made on floors or courtyards) and Indian games.