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The Whangarei community is invited to join the Northland Indian Association at next month’s celebration of the festival of Diwali.
Diwali, otherwise known as Deepavali or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important events in the Indian community’s calendar.
In Whangarei it will be celebrated at Forum North on Saturday, 22 October, from 6pm. The evening will showcase the diverse and colourful culture of India, and will feature candle lighting, entertainment, a fashion show, traditional Indian and other cultural performances, and a live DJ.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the flavours, sights and sounds of traditional and contemporary Indian culture in Whangarei. Tickets for the event are $10, with under-fives admitted free, and the entry price includes an Indian meal. Tickets can be purchased (cash only) from Shiraz Indian restaurant, in Walton Street, or the NorthTec International office, at the NorthTec campus in Raumanga Valley Road.
NorthTec is one of the sponsors of this event, and organisers expect to see a number of Indian students attending and celebrating. They are also hoping to see lots of locals, of any culture, joining in the fun.
Diwali is an ancient festival celebrated in autumn in the Northern hemisphere or spring in the Southern hemisphere. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices, and on Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light lamps and candles inside and outside their home, and participate in family prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of fertility and prosperity. This is followed by fireworks, a family feast and an exchanging of gifts with family and friends.
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