Diwali, also known as the festival of light, will be celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities on November 14 this year.
Hindus are seeking to make Diwali a public holiday in New Zealand, starting 2022.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, said that it was not fair with New Zealand Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious days.
What is Diwali?
Diwali is an ancient festival, also called the festival of lights.
The lighting of lamps symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life.
As well as lighting candles or lamps, families share food, create powder art called Rangoli, and make trips to the temple.
Henna, a dark paste that dyes the skin, is also be applied as part of the festivities.
Some temples may put on fireworks displays for their local community, to mark the occasion.