Papatoetoe Deepavali Festival of Lights 2016

The Deepavali festival of lights 2016 was celebrated on the 14th of October by the community at large with lots of entertainment, fun, food and soft drinks. this was all provided by the Hindu heritage research foundation. Some of the funds came from the Otara Papatoetoe local board. Our elected Board members were all present to say a thank you to the people who had voted for them in this election.
The Actual Deepavali in New Zealand was on the 30th of October. The Heritage celebrates the Deepavali prior to this date to have every one in the community participate and have a feeling of how the hindus Celebrate the yearly festival of lights.
In this occasion the Swamiji HH Pujya Muniji Maharaj Swami Chida Nand Saraswati sent greetings to all which he sends every year. His worship Bhaiji Shree Ramesh Bhai Oza sent his blessings from Sandipani.
We all are blessed by the divine grace of all our saints and great people.
A prosperous Deepavali and New year to all of the souls.

Papatoetoe Deepavali Festival Of Lights – 2013

The Deep­avali fes­ti­val of lights was hosted by the Pap­a­toe­toe Fiji Indian Youth Group. This was held at the 35 St. George street in Pap­a­toe­toe inside the Town hall. We had about 350 peo­ple attend­ing the Fes­ti­val and enjoy­ing the evening full of action.

The Auck­land city Coun­cil cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties South sup­ported the fes­ti­val and also the BNZ Bank Pap­a­toe­toe had given the sup­port for the Cel­e­bra­tion. The High Fijian Com­mis­sioner to New Zealand Ms. Mere tora was the Chief guest at the cer­e­mony and she was accorded the full Fijian wel­come and Kava cer­e­mony. She empha­sized mostly on the ties of Fiji and New Zealand. Hon.

Ross Robert­son of Labour party and Kan­wal Jeet Singh Bak­shi of national party were also along our guests who were hon­ored on the stage with a few words of Deep­awali greet­ings. A mix­ture of Island dances were per­formed by well known artists.

Our thanks to the peo­ple who has assisted in any way to make this Fes­ti­val of lights a suc­cess­ful one. look­ing for­ward for another suc­cess Deep­avali next year.