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.
Using this item
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.