Diwali 2013 a great success

19:45, Oct 20 2013
Diwali Festival, Auckland 2013
Neve Jervis from Devonport gets some henna tatoo work done at a stall on the street during the Diwali Festival Celebrations held at Aotea Square in Auckland on Saturday.
Diwali Festival, Auckland 2013
A couple of children in traditional dress play during the Diwali Festival Celebrations.
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Youngsters in traditional dress during the Diwali Festival Celebrations.
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Award winning Preeya's School of Dance students from Te Atatu pictured, from left; Natasha Singh, 9, Ria Singh, 7, Pranuja Tahal, 7, and Manshika Singh, 10, celebrate during the Diwali Festival Celebrations.
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Seraikella Chhau Dance.
Diwali Festival, Auckland 2013
Seraikella Chhau Dance.
Diwali Festival, Auckland 2013
Street performers entertain the crowds.
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Good crowds turn out for the festival.
Diwali Festival, Auckland 2013
Seraikella Chhau Dance.
Diwali Festival, Auckland 2013
Richmond Road Primary School lads check out an ipad after going onstage to perform during the Diwali Festival Celebrations.
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Seraikella Chhau Dance. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Seraikella Chhau Dance. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013,
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Radio Tarana Bollywood Dance Competition. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Radio Tarana Bollywood Dance Competition. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Good crowds turn out for the festival. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Street performers perform on Queen Street. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Street performers perform on Queen Street. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Street performers perform on Queen Street. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Seraikella Chhau Dance. Auckland Diwali Festival 2013.
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Lilly Singh AKA Superwoman gets ready for the Skywalk.
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Lucky winners of a Diwali competition suit up for their Skywalk with Lilly Singh.
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Lucky winners of a Diwali competition head out for their Skywalk adventure.

Great food, plenty of colour and fantastic weather.

All combined to draw thousands of Aucklanders to one of the most successful Diwali Festivals the inner city has ever seen.

Aotea Square and parts of Queen St were transformed into an Indian bazaar for the two-day event over the weekend.

Among the star attractions was blogging celebrity Superwoman, aka Canadian born Lily Singh, who performed to maximum crowds at the Herald Theatre.

She also got to reach new heights with lucky fans Shivani Kumar, Harsharin Kaur Virk , Darshneet Matharu and Lucy Pack.

The four were all winners in a joint competition sponsored by Suburban Newspapers and Radio Tarana and got to meet Superwoman on a special guided tour around the outside of the Sky Tower.

Diwali is organised by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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