Unlike previous years, public celebration for the Indian festival of Diwali this year will be during the day.

The Northland Indian Association is inviting everyone in Whangarei to come and join the fun at the Forum North on October 1.

Diwali, otherwise known as Deepavali or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important events in the Indian community calendar.

The event, from 11.30am, will showcase the diverse and colourful culture of India, and will feature candle lighting, entertainment, a fashion show, traditional Indian and other cultural performances.

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Last year's event at the same venue attracted more than 500 people.

Tickets this year are $12, with under-fives admitted free, and the entry price includes an Indian meal.

Tickets can be purchased (cash only) from Shiraz Indian restaurant, in Walton Street, or at 571 Kamo Road, Whangarei.

NorthTec is one of the sponsors of this event, and organisers expect to see a number of Indian students attending and celebrating. They are also hoping to see locals of any culture joining in the fun.

Diwali is an ancient festival celebrated in autumn in the northern hemisphere or spring in the southern hemisphere.

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Celebration includes millions of lights shining around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

For more information, contact northland.indians@gmail.com.