Thousands mark Diwali

Thousands of people attended the 2019 Diwali Festival of Lights in Invercargill on Saturday.

Photo: Laura Smith
Photo: Laura Smith
Hosted by the Indian Community in Southland Incorporated, the event was held at ILT Stadium Southland for its second year.

Co-organiser Arick John estimated 3000 to 4000 people attended the festival of lights.

"It's going really well. We have lots of food stalls over there and they are all busy."

It was loud, bright and colourful with food stalls and activity stalls as well as a stage, where performers showcased their dancing and singing.

Seven-year-old Amelie Halleux (pictured) was one of many who enjoyed dressing up.

However, she needed help putting on the long and colourful sari.

Other activities included a photo stand, kids play area, food stalls, tin painting and creating an easy-to-make pinecone bird feeder. 

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