Now in its 20th year, Diwali - also known as the 'Festival of Lights' - is Wellington's local Indian and South East Asian communities' most vibrant cultural celebration.

Three dancers on stage in traditional brightly-coloured dress.

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

Diwali 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Diwali 2021 was held online.

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Create the taste of Diwali at home with these delicious recipes for mysore pak, chole masala and gajar Ka halwa (carrot halwa).

Download the Diwali recipes (4.22MB PDF)

Wellington's Diwali celebrations are organised by our friends at the Communities Action Trust, and proudly supported by Radio Tarana, The Lion Foundation, and the Indian Weekender.  

Sponsor logos Communities Action Trust (largest), The Lion Foundation, the Indian Weekender, Radio Tarana,