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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 24 October 2010...Over 25,000 Wellingtonians attended 'Diwali Festival Of Lights', the Indian New Year, at TSB Arena. A variety of dances from Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka were presented, as well as performances from acclaimed master magician, Uday Jadugar. Diwali in Wellington concluded with fireworks grand finale on the city's waterfront. Diwali's roots lie in the celebration of Inner Light, one which conquers obscurity and removes the obstacles to enlightenment. The festival's more prosaic origins can be linked to King Vikramaditya, a 56BC monarch whose coronation was celebrated with earthen lamps by his subjects. Diwali has transcended its Hindu roots and has become one of New Zealand's most popular cultural festivals. In 2010, Diwali will be celebrated in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
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