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History

Over the past two decades, the Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to become New Zealand's premier Indian cultural festival, showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities.

About

Since 2002, the Auckland Diwali Festival has grown to be a hugely popular, free, family friendly event.

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Diwali - The Festival of Lights

The Auckland Diwali Festival takes its inspiration from Diwali or Deepavali (row of lamps), an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world. Colloquially known as ‘The Festival of Lights’, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

People celebrating Diwali in Auckland

Behind the Auckland Diwali Festival

The Auckland Diwali Festival is produced by the region's cultural and economic agency, Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council. Asia New Zealand Foundation is a founding partner of the festival. The Diwali Advisory Group, representative of Auckland’s Indian communities, supports and advises on the future development and growth of the festival.

Highlights 2019/2020

Auckland Diwali Festival brings together the sights, sounds, flavours and colours of India in a two day celebration Diwali. We're supported by more than 1000 local performers, dozens of local food, craft and retail stallholders, generous sponsors, and energetic festivalgoers.

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