Diwali  Celebrations New Zealand 2020

न्यूजीलैन्ड मे दिवाली उत्सव 2020

Diwali or Deepavli Festival is celebrated in all parts of New Zealand and the events are held on different dates. The dates for Diwali celebrations New Zealand are decided as per convenience of majority of people and are usually on nearest Saturday or Sunday. The events in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Waikato Hamilton are famous ones.

This year, due to Covid situation, the celebrations may be different. We shall try to cover most of the details on this page as and when we receive information.


As per New Zealand (Auckland) Tithi (Lunar day) coordinates

  • Thu 12th Nov: Govatsa Dwadashi, Vasu Baras
  • Fri 13th Nov: Dhan Teras, Yama Deepam (Trayodashi / Teras / 13th Lunar day: 13th Nov 5am to 14th Nov 1.29am)
  • Sat 14th Nov: Tamil Deepavli, Kali Chaudas, Kali Puja, Narak Chaturdashi (Chaturdashi / Chaudas / 14th Lunar day: 14th Nov 1.29am to 14th Nov 9.48pm)
  • Sun 15th Nov: Lakshmi Puja, Diwali, Deepavli, Annkut, Bali Pratipada, Goverdhan Puja (Amavasya / Amavas / No moon day: 14th Nov 9.48pm to 15th Nov 6.07pm)
  • Mon 16th Nov: Bhai Dooj, Gujarati New Year

As per India (Ujjain) Tithi (Lunar day) coordinates

  • Thu 12th Nov: Govatsa Dwadashi, Vasu Baras
  • Fri 13th Nov: Dhan Teras, Yama Deepam, Kali Chaudas
  • Sat 14th Nov: Tamil Deepavli, Narak Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Puja, Diwali, Deepavli
  • Sun 15th Nov: Annkut, Bali Pratipada, Goverdhan Puja
  • Mon 16th Nov: Bhai Dooj, Gujarati New Year




Auspicious Time for Family Prayers

दिवाली लक्ष्मी पूजा मुहुर्त

15TH NOV 2020

Auckland: 8.07pm to 10.29pm

Sunset: 8.07pm, Pradosh Kaal: 8.07pm to 10.07pm, Vrishabh Kaal: 8.07pm to 10.29pm

Wellington: 8.18pm to 10.40pm

Sunset: 8.07pm, Pradosh Kaal: 8.07pm to 10.18pm, Vrishabh Kaal: 8.07pm to 10.40pm

Christchurch: 8.32pm to 10.54pm

Sunset: 8.32pm, Pradosh Kaal: 8.32pm to 10.32pm, Vrishabh Kaal: 8.32pm to 10.54pm

Ujjain (India): 14th Nov – 5.43pm to 8.18pm

Sunset: 5.43pm, Pradosh Kaal: 5.43pm to 8.18pm, Vrishabh Kaal: 5.43pm to 7.42pm

As per India calendar Diwali is on 14th Nov, this is due to difference in tithi / lunar day. Many temples and communities in New Zealand follow India time / Indian calendars for festivals.


Diwali Festivals in New Zealand

Diwali Festivals are very popular across New Zealand. Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch Diwali Festivals are few of 1-2 day long festivals attended by people from all communities and religions.

In Auckland, Diwali – the Indian festival of lights – will be celebrated over the October 31-November 1 weekend along Queen St and Aotea Square.

We shall be adding events on Diwali Celebration New Zealand. Due to Covid19, there may be changes in what used to happen so far during Diwali celebrations in New Zealand.

To add events and information or send us details at [email protected]

About Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali or Deepawali, is celebrated on Kartik Amavasya (कार्तिक अमावस्या). Kartik is name of Hindu month and Amavasya means no-moon day. The celebrations usually start two days prior to Diwali and goes for two days after Diwali day. The festival is of significant importance for all communities and religions in Indian subcontinent; specially Hindu, Sikh, Jainism, Buddhism

The occasion two days before is Dhan Teras (धन तेरस) or Dhanvantari Trayodashi which is considered auspicious to buy precious metal like Gold or Silver. This is a practice followed by  Indian community introduced by the ancestors which was a way of saving for the future.

On Diwali, people meet and greet their extended family, neighbors and friends. They clean and  decorate their house with Rangoli (रंगोली) colorful Diyas (दिया / दिपक), lanterns and lights, to Welcome Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and offer prayers. Main prayer is held in the evening and known as Laxmi Puja (लक्ष्मी पूजा) offering prayers to the Goddess of Wealth. Another is Chopda Puja (चोपडा पूजा) where business community pray for better Business for the coming year and worship the Account Books. ‘ Chopda’ means books of accounts. Bandi Chhor Divas (ਬੰਦੀ ਛੋੜ ਦਿਵਸ / बंदी छोड दिवस / Day of liberation) is celebrated with Diwali. It is day to mark return of Guru Hargobind Ji (श्री गुरू हरगोबिन्द जी)

Next day of Diwali is celebrated as Goverdhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) and Annakut (अन्नकूट) and also as the new year in Gujarat. This day community prays to Lord Krishna and prepare variety of feast at home.

Third day of Diwali is celebrated as Bhai Dooj (भाई दूज) which is celebrated by brothers and sisters. The sisters pray for long life and happiness of their brothers and in return brothers gift their sisters. The Marathi language translation of this festival is Bhau Beej (भाऊ बीज).

Diwali in Indian subcontinent is also time when activities related to sowing of new crop starts.

Have a blessed and prosperous Diwali and new year. शुभ दिपावली



Diwali Celebration New Zealand 2020: Programs

  • 24th Oct, Diwali Festival of Light, 2pm to 9.30pm at Entertainment Triangle, North Hagley, Christchurch
  • 25th Oct, Wellington Diwali festival, 1.30pm to 9pm at TSB Arena and Shed 6, Wellington
  • 27th Oct to 14th Nov, Auckland Diwali Festival, The Auckland Diwali Festival will now be held from 27 October – 14 November at venues across Auckland, enhancing the Diwali Community Programme. click for details
  • 7th Nov, Tauranga Diwali Festival, 4pm to 9pm at 17th Ave, Historic Village, Tauranga