Di­wali lights up Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By KAYE McLAREN

Ear­lier this month Toko­roa joined the rest of the world for the first time in cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali, or Fes­ti­val of Lights, one of the biggest fes­ti­vals on the In­dian cal­en­dar.

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston was the guest at the cel­e­bra­tion at Toko­roa Cin­ema.

The fes­ti­val was opened by Toko­roa JP and Di­wali Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee chair­man Mo­han Lal.

Ms Up­ston told the crowd this was her first ex­pe­ri­ence of the fes­ti­val and spoke of the mes­sage of love, peace, hope and pros­per­ity that Di­wali brings.

The multi-cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion that fol­lowed in­cluded colour­ful and mem­o­rable per­for­mances.

This year’s fes­ti­val fea­tured a Di­wali prayer by Mr Lal and tra­di­tional hymn led by Sumeet Lal.

Singer Bradley Phillips was also on hand to lead the crowd in the na­tional an­them.

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