Diwali Festival hit Auckland’s Aotea Square and Queen Street earlier this month.
Each year around ten thousand Aucklanders attend this festival and take home a memorable experience.
One the first day Prime Minister John Key was in attendance, and the show was followed by Indian dance performances and instrumental music and singing.
The event attracted a huge number of Kiwi Indians from various parts of Auckland and beyond.
The festival was a two-day event with various venues for people to attend. There were ethnic Indian stalls selling Indian handicraft, traditional clothing, Henna tattoo counters, etc. There were photo booths which attracted a lot of people to take selfies.
Then there was the main stage at Aotea Square, which hosted dance competitions and various performances organised by Radio Tarana. A Mr & Miss Diwali contest was organised by the Indian Weekender too.
Bhangra Dance was one of the most popular dances and attracted a huge crowd. Other workshops and kids’ activities were also there, as well as various promotional counters.
The food stalls were the busiest area on both days, selling scrumptious Indian delicacies from different Indian cuisines: Sugarcane juice, Kulfi (Indian milk ice cream), chaat, dosa, etc.
The cherry on the cake was the finale on the last day: A fireworks display. It was a celebration of Auckland’s ethnic diversity, with traditional and contemporary Indian culture.