Li­brary bring­ing Di­wali fes­ti­val to life

Te Puke Times - - NEWS / COMMUNITY -

Hot on the heels of the Sikh pa­rade and this week­end’s In­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val, Te Puke Li­brary will be cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali next week.

Di­wali is one of In­di­ans’ most im­por­tant an­nual fes­ti­vals and cel­e­bra­tions at the li­brary will run from Novem­ber 8 to 10 as staff work with the town’s In­dian com­mu­nity to bring the fes­ti­val to life.

As well as a Di­wali dis­play, on Novem­ber 8 from 10.30am11.30am, the colour­ing club will be work­ing on Ran­goli pat­terns which are used by Hin­dus at Di­wali to guide God­dess Lak­shmi into their homes.

Th­ese nat­u­rally-themed pat­terns are cre­ated on the floor near the front door and are made from ma­te­ri­als such as un­cooked rice grains, sand and chalk.

On Novem­ber 10 between 10am and 11am, In­dian women will present a danc­ing dis­play in the li­brary.

The ini­tia­tive is part of the Wel­com­ing Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gramme be­ing pi­loted in the Western Bay of Plenty to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to wel­come new­com­ers and learn about the di­verse cul­tures that set­tle in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Wel­com­ing Com­mu­ni­ties co­or­di­na­tor Haidee Kali­rai says high­light­ing eth­nic events of sig­nif­i­cance is a great way to in­crease un­der­stand­ing of the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and their val­ues.

“We en­cour­age res­i­dents to come along and learn about this sig­nif­i­cant In­dian cel­e­bra­tion, which is of im­por­tance to a large In­dian com­mu­nity in Te Puke,” says Haidee.

In In­dia the Di­wali fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated ev­ery Novem­ber and hon­ours the vic­tory of good over evil and of bright­ness over dark­ness.

Di­wali is a time for in­tro­spec­tion and to dis­pel the dark­ness of ig­no­rance.

It is a five-day fes­ti­val of lights cel­e­brated by mil­lions of Hin­dus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

The fes­ti­val, which co­in­cides with the Hindu New Year, cel­e­brates new be­gin­nings and dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, tem­ples, homes, shops and of­fice build­ings are brightly il­lu­mi­nated.

Rekha, Neena, Deb­o­rah (chil­dren’s li­brar­ian) and Teena are get­ting ready for Te Puke Li­brary’s Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions.

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