Diwali FestivalHistory

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The BNZ 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.

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The BNZ Auckland Diwali Festival is produced by the region's cultural and economic agency, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council. The Diwali Advisory Group, representative of Auckland’s Indian communities, supports and advises on the future development and growth of the festival.

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Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

Since 1861 the Bank of New Zealand has been a part of New Zealand’s social and economic history. Two of the country’s most iconic cultural celebrations, the Auckland Diwali Festival and the Auckland Lantern Festival, will continue to delight locals and visitors thanks to a new naming rights sponsorship agreement with the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ).

BNZ CEO Dan Huggins says, "We’re delighted to throw our support behind two of New Zealand’s best loved and attended festivals.”

Our sponsorship of the Auckland Diwali and Lantern Festivals reflects our commitment to growing the social, cultural, and financial wellbeing of New Zealanders. These events align with that mission, bringing hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders from all backgrounds together each year to celebrate Aotearoa’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

Dan Huggins Chief Executive Officer, Bank of New Zealand

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