Diwali festival goers posing for a photo

Celebrate at Home

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

Coconut Masala Rice
Coconut Masala Rice

A one-pot vegeterian rice meal from Western India.

Dosa
Dosa

A popular savoury crepe or pancake.

Dance

Here is a selection of dance groups celebrating Diwali, from Auckland and beyond.

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

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, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council and with founding partner the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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