Diwali festival goers posing for a photo

Activities

Learn more about Indian culture from the comfort of your home with these activities. Get crafty, try a new recipe, enjoy a classic movie, listen along to local artists, and dance along with Diwali performers. 

Recipes

Try a new vegetarian recipe that will bring to life the flavours of Diwali in your kitchen at home.

Moong Dal Halwa
Moong Dal Halwa

A slow cooked yellow lentil pudding in milk and ghee.

Coconut Barfi
Coconut Barfi

A traditional Indian sweet using fresh grated coconut.

Semiya Payasam
Semiya Payasam

A South Indian vermicelli pudding with milk and spices.

Chole Bhature
Chole Bhature

A delicious chickpea curry with deep fried bread.

Coconut Masala Rice
Coconut Masala Rice

A one-pot vegeterian rice meal from Western India.

Dosa
Dosa

A popular savoury crepe or pancake.

Dance

Check out the performances from local dance groups that usually take the stage at the Auckland Diwali Festival.

Why not dance along too?

Crafts

Get crafty with these simple guides that will bring colour and creativity to your home.

Henna on a hand
Henna

Try your hand at henna tattoos with these easy templates.

Rangoli
Rangoli

Get creative with colour in these rangoli templates.

Marigold garland
Marigold Garland

Brighten your home with these simple paper marigold garlands.

Diya
Diya

Make your own diya (lamp) for the Festival of Lights.

Music

Enjoy our playlist of the sounds of Diwali featuring local artists and songs you'd hear at the festival

Movies

Check out these must-watch movies and films you can enjoy at home on a range of streaming services. 

Selection of Indian food

The Lunchbox

A mistaken delivery connects a young housewife to an older man and they build a world together through notes in the lunchbox. $5 per movie, no subscription required.
Tiger

Life of Pi

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. Subscription to Disney+ required.
A person playing guitar

Yesterday

A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. $5 per movie, no subscription required. 
A wedding cake

Bride & Prejudice

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, that features the lives of four unmarried daughters in an Indian family. $5 per movie, no subscription required.
A baseball glove and ball

Million Dollar Arm

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Subscription to Disney+ required.

About Auckland Diwali Festival

The Auckland Diwali Festival is a popular, family-friendly festival held annually in central Auckland.

Diwali erformers looking down at camera in traditional dress

History

Since 2002, the Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to be a hugely popular, free, family friendly event showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities. It is now produced by the region's cultural and economic agency, Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council and with founding partner the Asia New Zealand Foundation.