New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses that of the North and South Islands and numerous smaller islands.
New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand while Auckland is the largest city. Other major cities in New Zealand include Christchurch, Hamilton, Napier-Hastings, etc.
Around 56 % of population of New Zealand follow Christianity while around 4 percent affiliated with other religions which include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
Diwali Celebrations in New Zealand :
In New Zealand, around 75,000 to 1,00,000 people are Hindus. These Hindu’s celebrate Diwali with great enthusiasm.
In New Zealand, Diwali is mainly celebrated by members of the Indo-Fijian communities who have migrated and settled there.
Each year, the Asia New Zealand Foundation helps people of Auckland and Wellington to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Here Diwali celebrations are held in many public spaces where people worship Lakshmi Mata, attend public concerts, parties, celebratory events, etc.
Just like in India, Hindu’s in New Zealand clean their homes prior to Diwali. During Diwali they decorate their homes with lights and diya’s, eat lots of sweets and delicious foods, make beautiful rangoli’s outside their homes, burst crackers and spend time with friends and family members.