Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

November 15, 2015

New Year and Light

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Food — paul @ 9:45 am
Mountain of Food

Mountain of Food

The Shri Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Avondale celebrated Diwali (the festival of light) yesterday, and with it a new year in the Gujarati calendar (year 2072, in fact). A large number of devotees joined the celebrations at the temple, with a mountain of food as centrepiece (nearly 1000 dishes prepared by many families for the occasion). The offering later to be shared amongst the participants. Chants, music and drums – a lively affair!

A welcoming community – thanks to Dee and Amar (DnA) for their kind invitation – sorry I could not stay very long.

In the Hall

In the Hall

Shoes stay at the entrance

Shoes stay at the entrance

Making Memories

Making Memories

Montain of Food

Montain of Food

In Front of the Temple

In Front of the Temple