Navratri 2020 celebrations in New Zealand

न्यूजीलैंड मे नवरात्री उत्सव 2020

Due to Covid and NZ in Level 2/2.5, most of the Navratri organizers may reduce number of visitors or even cancel the program this year. Please send updates to [email protected] so that we can provide information to all. Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! Jai Mata Di.

Navratri festival celebrations 2020 in New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington and other cities – scroll down for programs

About Navratri

‘Nav’ नव means Nine and ‘Ratri’ रात्रि means nights. Navratri mean nine night. In various Indian languages it is mentioned as नवरात्री / નવરાત્રી / ਨਵਰਤੀ / நவராத்திரி / నవరాత్రి / ನವರಾತ್ರಿ / Navaratri / Nav-ratri / Navrathri / Navratram / Naurata / Naurati. The festival is celebrated by all the Indian religions and communities. The festival is celebrated with Prayers and traditional dances. There are many temples (Mandir / मन्दिर / गुरुद्वारा) and associations in New Zealand organizing various programs during Navratri. Every temple Authorities and volunteers put in their heart and soul to celebrate every Indian Festive occasions with great pomp and make us feel at home. click here to see list of temples in New Zealand

Navaratri, the nine days festival, when we worship Goddess Durga with prayers. These prayers are in form of mata ki chowki (माता की चौकी), Durga Puja, devotional songs and traditional dance called “Raas Garba”. This is one of the most popular festival across India, with unique traditional celebrations specially in Bengal and Gujarat states of India.

Navratri 2020 dates (Lunar day / Tithi as per New Zealand time)

  • Sat 17th Oct: Ashwin Adhik Amavasya, Ishti, Navratri begins, Ghat-sthapana, Tula Sankranti, Thulam Sankramam, Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti,
  • Wed 21st Oct: Upang Lalita Vrat, Saraswati Avahan
  • Thu 22nd Oct: Saraswati Puja, Kalparambha (Bengal), Akal Bodhon (Bengal)
  • Fri 23rd Oct: Durga Saptami
  • Sat 24th Oct: Durga Ashtami, Maha Navmi, Saraswati Visarjan
  • Sun 25th Oct: Vijaya-Dashmi, Dussehra, Ayutha Poojai


“Raas” or “Dandiya Raas” (डान्डिया रास) or “Raas Garba” (रास गरभा)  is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat & Rajasthan states of India. It is the featured dance of Navratri evening celebrations. It started from Gujarat and now one can see these dance in almost every city in India and entire world.

Raas Dandiya is organized in all major cities of New Zealand. There are many Dadiya Garba programs before and after navratri.


Garba dance, Mata ki chowki and Prayers are organized every year in almost all the temples and Indian community centers across New Zealand. This year 2020 is different due to Covid situation. Most of the events are either cancelled or there are restrictions on number of people or only virtual prayers / darshan are available.

We humbly request you to please follow government rules and ensure we are safe and healthy. 

Garba Night, Indian Gujarati folk dance event on 5th Sep, 7pm to 11pm at 773 New North Rd, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025, New Zealand VARIATION – PLEASE CHECK FB PAGE FOR UPDATES

Dandiya 2020, 26 Sep. Navratri Garba / Gujarati Indian Folk Dance event presented by Pranshi Group. Free entry, Free parking at Mahatma Gandhi Centre (MGC), 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021. DATE VARIATION – PLEASE CHECK FB PAGE FOR UPDATES

Let’s Go Garba 2020, Navratri garba dance event on 10th Oct 7pm to mid night at Barfoot & Thompson Stadium, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland 1071


Enjoy and have a blessed festival. Jai Mata Di.

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