Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions light up town

Fes­ti­val of lights is one of the most im­por­tant events in the In­dian com­mu­nity

The Northern Advocate - - Front Page - Im­ran Ali

Whanga¯rei’s Fo­rum North will be lit up with Di­wali, the In­dian fes­ti­val of lights, and everyone is in­vited to join the fun.

The pop­u­lar In­dian fes­ti­val is again be­ing or­gan­ised by the North­land In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion, with food and entertainment aplenty for peo­ple of all ages and eth­nic back­grounds.

The event will take place from 11.30am to 4pm to­mor­row and peo­ple are be­ing urged to get in early as most of the 500 tick­ets have been sold.

Di­wali, oth­er­wise known as Deep­avali or the Fes­ti­val of Lights, is one of the most im­por­tant events in the In­dian com­mu­nity cal­en­dar and is an an­cient fes­ti­val cel­e­brated in au­tumn in the North­ern Hemi­sphere or spring in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

The fes­ti­val spir­i­tu­ally sig­ni­fies the vic­tory of light over dark­ness or good over evil, knowl­edge over ig­no­rance, and hope over de­spair.

Cel­e­bra­tions in­cludes mil­lions of lights shin­ing around tem­ples and other build­ings in the com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries where it is ob­served.

Tick­ets for the event at Fo­rum North are $12, with un­der-5s ad­mit­ted free. The en­try price in­cludes an In­dian meal.

As­so­ci­a­tion board mem­ber Jas Singh said guests would en­joy buf­fet In­dian veg­e­tar­ian dishes pre­pared by vol­un­teers from the Whanga¯rei Sikh So­ci­ety be­fore entertainment started from 1pm.

Food will con­sist of cha­p­ati, rice, lentils, mat­tar pa­neer, halva — which is a sweet con­fec­tion made from semolina, mixed veg­eta­bles and raita.

The pop­u­lar 50/50 Dance Crew from Auck­land will head­line the entertainment with lo­cal dance groups, in­clud­ing an item from stu­dents of Maunu Pri­mary School and bhangra also in the mix.

There will be raf­fles and spot prizes up for grabs.

“I’d urge everyone to come and cel­e­brate with us. The pub­lic have been sup­port­ing us dur­ing Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions over the years and we ex­pect sim­i­lar sup­port this year. It’s go­ing to be a fun-filled af­ter­noon.”

Tick­ets can be pur­chased from Shi­raz In­dian restau­rant, in Wal­ton St, and on Kamo Rd.

Photo / Im­ran Ali

In­dian women re­hearse Gidha, a tra­di­tional In­dian folk dance, to be per­formed dur­ing Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions at Fo­rum North.

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