The Hindu Council of New Zealand have provided a guide to celebrating Deepavali (Deepawali, Diwali) for official functions.
The Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) has developed a guide to celebrate Deepwali called, Celebrating Deepawali – A guide for official functions.
The guide aims to provide essential information about the festival and how to celebrate it in an authentic and a culturally appropriate way at your function – be it private, public or at your workplace.
The guide was launched in collaboration with the NZ Police at the NZ Police National Headquarters on Sunday 14 October as part of a Deepwali lunch event for international tertiary students.
Known as the festival of the lights, Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. It is the time for lighting small oil lamps (diyas) and candles and placing them around the home and setting off fireworks.