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Dwali - Festival of Lights

Who isn't enthralled by the mysticism of India and the amazing festivals that originate from there. As long as I can remember I've wanted to attend the Hindu, Dwali Festival of Lights which is held worldwide. This festival spiritually signifies signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

I'm despairing however, as I've never found anyone who wanted to actually attend the festival with me. It's supposed to be a great weekend (this coming one 11-12 October ) with food, rituals and dancing, workshops, Bollywood, lights....

If anyone is interested, I see there is webpage about the festival activities in Auckland: http://www.aucklandnz.com/diwali
Wellington: http://wellington.govt.nz/events/annual-events/diwali
Christchurch: http://www.diwalifestival.co.nz/
and probably most other towns too if you google it.

The pictures make it look like a fabulous event.

Has anyone been to a Dwali Festival. It sounds awesome - but would it be somewhere you can go by yourself? I'd love to hear more about this if anyone has any information. And for anyone who is going, have a fantastic time.


The Dwali Festival in Auckland is awesome! Such a colorful and family friendly festival.I highly recommend it :)


I always enjoy the Diwali Festival in Wellington. Indians really know how to celebrate.


Went to Diwali in Auckland yesterday. Absolutely fantastic atmosphere and a great celebration of different cultures!


The festival is great I have been a couple of times by myself and I don't worry that Im by myself as you are watching all the entertainment around you.


Oh I wish I'd seen this post and gone up to see it. Anyone else go?


I shifted that weekend. So I was too tired to go. I went last year and loved it!


I had the pleasure of actually experiencing the Diwali Festival in New Delhi during the 80's.
What a dag it was, every street had stalls selling all the fireworks ingredients to make your own (no health & safety there).
It was also actually quite comical to read the English printed newspapers reporting on the Diwali festival.
One article stated 'the woman concerned lit a firework she had made & it blew her hand sky high' yep!
It truly was a most remarkable experience that I wouldn't have missed for the world.


Went to my first Diwali festival last week and wondered why i hadn't been before. Great food, great atmosphere, really enjoyed it.


I've never been but have heard good things. Such a great opportunity to showcase a magical culture.

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