Diwali celebrations at Te Takere

Last updated 10:01 08/11/2012
Diwali dance: Levin three-year-old Isha Patel with grandmother Kusumben Patel take part in a Bollywood dancing workshop at Te Takere.

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Diwali celebrations are in full swing this week at Te Takere in Levin.

The annual "festival of lights" celebrating Indian culture has involved daily activities leading up to the main celebration this Saturday night.

Heritage and youth co- ordinator Ramon Oza said Te Takere was an ideal and appropriate venue.

"With this being a culture and community centre, I thought 'why not host it here?'," he said.

The ancient festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

Mr Oza said the Hindu version of Diwali was about a much-loved son of a king returning from a 14-year exile to the delight of the kingdom, which celebrates by lighting candles and fireworks.

A fireworks display is planned for just after dark on Saturday.

Free activities before this include, between 4pm and 6pm today, a Bollywood dancing demonstration, yoga and an Indian cooking class.

Friday's activities include storytelling and colouring-in for pre-schoolers, 10am to 11am, and then storytelling and Rangoli chalk art for primary school children, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. On Saturday, 10am to noon: henna hand painting, yoga classes and Rangoli chalk art.

The main Diwali celebration will kick off 6.30pm tomorrow. Entry a gold coin, children free.

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