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


Diwali 2017

When: Monday 23 October (Labour Day), from 1.30pm to 9.30pm

Where: TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf

Cost: Gold coin entry

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

The festival takes place in October each year managed by the Wellington City Council. 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.



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