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Diwali festival: Wellington, 2010 (2nd of 2)

Diwali festival: Wellington, 2010

Since 2002 the Wellington City Council and other civic leaders have joined in celebrating the festival of Diwali, the start of the Hindu new year. Here Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand (a Catholic) opens the festival by lighting a diya (earthenware oil lamp) at the altar of the elephant-headed god Ganesha. A troupe of musicians and dancers from the Indian state of Rajasthan, and famous Indian magician Uday Jadugar, performed at the festival.

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Paul Morris, 'Diverse religions - Hindus', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by Paul Morris, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018