Waikato Museum showcases Diwali festival traditions

Published: Tue 22 Oct 2019 11:27 AM
Seven Hamilton community groups have come together to showcase Indian dance, music and other traditions for the Diwali festival of lights at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato on Sunday 27 October.
Celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world, Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrating new beginnings and the triumph of light over darkness. This year the day also coincides with Labour Weekend.
Waikato Museum Director Cherie Meecham says: “This is the first time Waikato Museum will host Hamilton’s Indian community for Diwali, and we’re looking forward to sharing in this colourful festival.”
“The activities on offer provide a great opportunity to learn about Diwali, so we invite Hamiltonians of all backgrounds to come to Waikato Museum to experience for themselves the spectacle and story behind the celebration of Diwali.”
Suman Kapoor of one of the festival organising groups, Hamilton Diwali Mela, says: “This is our 10th year celebration and we’re delighted to be working with Waikato Museum to share Diwali festival on the day itself with the wider Hamilton community.”
The Diwali event at WaikatoMuseum is free, starting at 11am on Sunday 27 October with performances of Bharathanatiyam and other traditional Indian dances running until 1pm, followed by a range of interactive activities, including crafts and storytelling, running until 3pm. Museum visitors can join in drawing and colouring a rangoli (floor design), learn about henna (hand tattoo) and bindi (forehead mark) designs, and create a diya (lamp) to take home to welcome goodwill to the family.
Seven Indian organisations have joined with Waikato Museum to celebrate Diwali and share their cultural traditions with the wider Hamilton community. They are: Hamilton Diwali Mela, Desi Rhythms by Shai, Kirikiriroa Multicultural Council Inc, India NZ Global, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, GOPIO (Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin), and Hamilton Hindi School.

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