Light your October with Diwali

Diwali 2014 posterDiwali is an ancient Indian festival of lights. It is usually celebrated in the autumn season in India.The literal translation of Diwali (also often spelled Divali or Dipavali) is an array of lights.

On Diwali night people light up candles and lamps and decorate their houses. The festive mood brings happiness and harmony among people as they exchange presents and sweets among friends and family members. The celebration generally concludes with a spectacular displays of fireworks.

Diwali was always the festival that I eagerly looked forward to every year when I was a child. Children in India thoroughly enjoy the festivities. As well as helping to decorate the house, lighting lamps and (especially for boys) lighting fireworks, they receive lots of sweets and new dresses and get plenty of time to play along with visiting family friends and relatives.

Christchurch will be celebrating Diwali on Saturday, the 25th of October 2014 at the Horncastle Arena. The festivities include various cultural performances, food and craft stalls, workshops, and exhibitions. Now regularly held every year, the Diwali festival has become one of the most popular events in October attracting huge crowds. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!

Photo of Diwali display at Hornby Library Photo of performers at Diwali Festival 2013

Rema
Hornby Library

4 thoughts on “Light your October with Diwali

  1. Gallivanta 22 October 2014 / 10:31 pm

    Diwali was my favourite festival growing up in Fiji.

    • Vanessaccl 23 October 2014 / 7:11 am

      It’s great news that it’s becoming a more popular event here too.

  2. Indian Social and Cultural Club 23 October 2014 / 7:21 am

    Thanks a lot for writing the blog post. Its a great event which we have developed at Christchurch for wider community.

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