Festival of Lights

This Diwali, win a Bollywood experience in India with the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Radio Tarana, supported by Global Finance.

Diwali 2018 competition

Just answer this simple question and you and a companion could be flying to Mumbai to visit Bollywood Film City.

“What Indian city is home to Bollywood?”

Putting your answer in the subject line of an email, send it to [email protected] Only one entry per email address will be accepted.

Included in this fabulous prize are return flights ex-Auckland and four night’s accommodation.

The winner must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and T & C’s apply. 

Enter online at www.asianz.org.nz, tune in to Radio Tarana, or look for the Radio Tarana marquee at the Auckland and Wellington Diwali festivals. Entries must be in by midday November 5.

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About the Diwali festivals

Diwali is celebrated by people in India and Indians living abroad. Families light lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance and good over evil.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali (literally 'a row of lamps'), is perhaps the most important and ancient of the Indian festivals.

This years festivals:

Auckland - Aotea Square, 20-21 October, 12pm-9pm

Wellington - Shed 6, Wellington waterfront, 28 October, 1.30pm-9.30pm

Watch some of the incredible performers from Diwali 2017

Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated for five days, and takes place at the new moon on 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik or Karthika (October/November). This is at the beginning of the winter season and is called the “darkest night of the year”, so lamps are lit to brighten this moonless night.

Originally a Hindu festival, Diwali is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains. It's an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

Diwali signifies different things in different areas of India. For example, in Gujarat, the festival honours Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. In north India, it celebrates the god Rama’s homecoming to the kingdom of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. To light his way and rejoice at his return, the people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and fireworks.

But generally speaking, Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

Diwali in New Zealand

The Asia New Zealand Foundation first held the Diwali festivals in 2002. They were set up to raise public awareness of traditional Indian culture, and acknowledge the contribution made by the country’s Indian communities during their long history in New Zealand.

Diwali performers visit South Wellington Intermediate

In their first year, about 70,000 people attended the Diwali celebrations in Auckland and Wellington. Last year, more than 150,000 visited the festivals.

The Foundation is a primary sponsor of the Auckland and Wellington Diwali festivals.