Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life. It is a time for friends and families to gather, share food and look forward to the year ahead.

Diwali library events 2019

Diwali Celebrations in Tūranga Saturday 19 October 10.30am to 12noon

Come and celebrate Diwali with traditional Indian dancing. Bharatanatyam is one of the Indian classical and traditional dance forms from South India and is portrayed by a dancer with excellent footwork, impressive gestures and facial expressions accompanied by song.
10.30am: Prayer song, and a Bharathanatyam performance
11.50am: Closing performance of Bharathanatyam Tūranga
Tūranga, Hapori | Community, Level 1

Diwali Storytimes

Join us at these libraries to celebrate Diwali for a colourful session with Indian stories, songs, movement and rhymes. Namaste!
Upper Riccarton Library Monday 21 October, 10am
Shirley Library Tuesday 22 October, 10.30am
Hornby Library Wednesday 23 October, 10.15am
Linwood Library Thursday 24 October, 10am

Bharatanatyam Performance at Hornby Library, Saturday 2 November 10.30am to 11.30am

Come and celebrate Diwali with traditional Indian dancing. Bharatanatyam is one of the Indian classical and traditional dance forms from South India and is portrayed by a dancer with excellent footwork, impressive gestures and facial expressions accompanied by song. Free, no bookings required.

Find Diwali events in the calendar.

Diwali Indian Festival of Lights - Saturday 26 October 2019 2pm to 9pm

Diwali will be celebrated in Cathedral Square with fun, food and cultural performances.

More about Diwali

Originally a Hindu festival from India, Diwali is now celebrated by communities around the world by the symbolic lighting of lamps or diya and fireworks as a symbol of bringing positivity and light into our homes and communities.

The festival falls in either October of November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon, and coincides with the Hindu New Year.

  • Find resources about Diwali in our collection
  • Read about Diwali in the World Book Reference Centre

Diwali Shubhkamnaye

Happy Diwali from our families to yours

How to celebrate Diwali in your home and community

Diwali is about enjoying great food and sweets with family, friends and neighbours. Often people will invite friends to their home to share in celebrations or take a plate of sweets to their neighbours.

Light candles and lamps throughout your home to fill it with positive energy and the Diwali festive feeling. As a family or household this invites positive energy and hopes for the coming year into our home.

Get dressed up and dance. Hindu families will often wear their newest and best clothes on Diwali to celebrate the New Year. Diwali is like Christmas and New Year wrapped into one. Celebrate with your friends and family and come together to share your hopes and dreams for the coming year ahead.

Diwali Festival 2015 
Diwali Festival, Horncastle Arena, 24 October 2015. Flickr Diwali-2015-IMG_0873.jpg

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