Photo by James Beech.
Diwali, one of the most important annual Hindu festivals,
was celebrated in style in Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on
Sunday by Queenstown-based Indians (from left) Novotel
receptionist Ankita Narvekar, Novotel restaurant and bar
manager Prasheel Churi, Hilton Queenstown receptionist Renu
Pais, Novotel night manager Nitin Sharma and Mercure Queenstown
Resort Hotel porter Ritesh Gohil.
The men, wearing kurta pyjamas, and women, wearing Punjabi
dresses, joined friends in Fernhill for a traditional night
of Indian treats and cuisine and socialising, then
firecrackers when dark.
It is believed Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the only hotel
in New Zealand which actively caters for both Indian and
Chinese travellers by offering the creature comforts of home,
including accurate menus, Indian media and translated