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Down - 1, Madden. 2, Trend. 3, Enliven. 4, Oath. 5, Piece. 6, Assault. 7, Linnet. 13, Chateau. 15, Chaotic. 16, Re- miss. 17, Recess. 19, Smash. 21, Banjo. 22, Dear. We are the trusted voice of this community. Ph: 271 8000 www.times.co .nz facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ We don’t blog... We report! TIMES TALK OPINION, by Farida Master DIWALI for me has always been a whirlwind of festive parties, deafening fireworks, sparkling lights and pure gluttony, all fac- tored in with an exciting buzz and a feel-good spirit. It’s that time of the year in India when the entire country is lit up with millions of dancing flames and sparklers. Apart from the thousand- watt smiles, every home is lit up with fairy lights, lanterns and oil lamps. The skies are a cloudburst of fireworks. The noise pollution hits an all time high! It’s the season of religious rituals and rigid fasting, gaiety and gambling parties to invite Lakshmi, the Goddess of Good Fortune. The season of excesses is a guilt-free, legitimate excuse to indulge! Whether it’s calorie-laden, melt-in-the-mouth Indian sweets, scrumptious snacks, non-stop house parties, or buy- ing special gifts for families and friends – there’s a jolly good rea- son to shop till you drop with exhaustion. It helps also when employers are particularly generous with bonuses and Diwali gifts. Enter any jewellery shop and you have to jostle your way to the counter. It makes one wonder if poverty truly exists in India. It’s consid- ered auspicious to buy gold dur- ing the season, which explains the gold rush! According to ancient scrip- tures, Diwali marks the return of the Hindu god Rama from a 14-year exile after killing the demon Ravana, who’d abducted his wife Sita, thus symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Spiritually, the lighting of the flame signifies inner illumination and the cleansing process at the onset of the Hindu New Year. While Diwali is the biggest ethnic festival celebrated all over the world from Trinidad and Tobago to Trafalgar Square, in New Zealand it’s celebrated in a unique way. The two-day dazzling Diwali celebration hosted by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development and the Asia New Zealand Foundation at Aotea Square is an entertaining cul- tural extravaganza. There are plenty of other fes- tive events that honour more than 100,000 people of Indian heritage that now call Auckland their home. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been part of the celebratory crowd at Aotea Square. I’ve learnt some slick Bolly- wood moves on Queen Street, had scrumptious Indian street food, cheered the folk dancers of India, and listened with rapt attention to radio jockeys from the local Indian stations. Though it took a while to figure out why the public celebration of Diwali was almost a month in advance in the City of Sails (I later discovered it had to do with booking of public spaces) over the years, it looks like the pow- ers-that-be have inched closer to the main festival and got the dates right. Diwali in Auckland is literally celebrated in every corner from Botany to Waitakere, and last Sunday the celebration hit a cre- scendo with film star Dharmen- dra making a grand appearance for the Radio Tarana Manukau Diwali Festival at Vodafone Events Centre. The hysteria was intoxicating as the living legend, once con- sidered Bollywood’s hottest star, regaled dialogues from his box- office hits, sang couplets from Punjabi songs and told his fans how much he loved Auckland. The evening ended with fabu- lous fireworks. As the star-crazy Indians screamed and shouted with pure delight, ushering the festival that welcomes glad tid- ings and transitory tinsel, there was a sense of déjà vu. I had to pinch myself to find out if I was in Mumbai, or Delhi, or was it Auckland? A fun-filled celebration of tradition Auckland’s yearly Diwali Festival is a chance to fully celebrate Indian culture and customs. Photo supplied The hysteria was intoxicating as the living legend, once considered Bollywood’s hottest star, regaled dialogues from his box-office hits.
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