Colour and costumes light up Christchurch

Although devastated by the September 4 Earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks, residents of Christchurch came out in large numbers to mark Diwali, the Festival of Lights at Victoria Park on October 17. More than 9000 men, women and children representing almost all ethnic groups experienced the culture and cuisine that is unique to India and her people. Ethnic Affairs Minister…

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Peace and Harmony at Hamilton event

More than 200 people representing a cross-section of the resident community gathered t the Celebrating Age Centre in Hamilton on October 23 to mark the Festival of Lights, reinstating their mutual respect and love for each other. As well as a number of organisations and individuals from the Indian ethnicity, participants in the evening’s function included the Chinese Golden Association,…

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Temple prepares for evening prayers

While City Council, Associations and Societies organise their annual Diwali Festival to suit their convenience and that of their members, Temples celebrate the occasion on the actual day, which fall on November 5 this year. The Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayakar (Ganesha) Temple in Papakura will mark the religious aspect of the Festival with evening prayers. Auckland Sri Ganesh Temple Trust owns…

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Marathis to mark Festival of Lights

Maharashtrians say Diwali celebrations are somewhat different in their State but its spirit will come alive at the Freeman’s Bay Community Centre in Ponsonby, Auckland on November 6. The Auckland Marathi Association is organising the programme, comprising a mixture of traditional and modern items, due to commence at 8 am. The Festival will begin with Rangoli and Kandeel (Lantern) Competitions,…

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