From 1 – 15 November 2012, Auckland Libraries celebrates Diwali Festival of Lights with something for everyone. Join in the entertainment, colour and culture at your local library during India's best-loved festival.
Diwali (Divali or Deepawali, a row of lights) is a lunar festival and is celebrated throughout the world on a different day each year. Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. Families light small oil lamps (diyas) around the home and set off fireworks to celebrate. At many of our libraries, we'll be displaying Indic language resources and artefacts.
Join the libraries’ Diwali events from 1 – 15 November, featuring Indian culture, music, food, art and dance. We have Diwali-themed storytimes (great for three to five-year-olds), henna painting, 'Ask in Hindi' (a Q&A session about library services in Hindi) and much more. Many libraries will display Indic language resources and artefacts.
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