20 October 2013

Diwali in Auckland



Auckland central came alive to the sounds of Bollywood this weekend when both Aotea Square and a couple of blocks of Queen Street were transformed into a little bit of India. The Auckland Diwali Festival included stalls selling delicious Indian food and vibrantly coloured Indian clothing, as well as a constant flow of music and dance, both traditional and contemporary. My favourites were the younger dancers, who looked stunning in their gorgeous costumes. 

Here are some of the things that caught my eye. Happy Diwali!

Aotea Square was buzzing


The food stalls were popular 


Even the retail therapy was colourful


Getting henna designs painted on various body parts was popular


The people-watching was interesting


Not all the little dancers were Indian 


What great performers!


The traditional dancing was superb


Aren't they gorgeous?