Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology will be joining the Bay of Plenty’s international community in celebrating the Diwali Festival of Lights. The festival signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life, and is celebrated annually throughout India and in Indian communities around the world.
The Institute has a vibrant and active Indian student community and the Bay of Plenty is home to Indians from all over India and other parts of the world. In line with this, Toi Ohomai will join the celebration by hosting its own Diwali celebrations at its Mokoia Campus, as well as joining in the Diwali celebrations at the Tauranga Historic Village.
On Thursday, 24 October, the Mokoia Campus (Rotorua) will be awash with colour, music, and food from 12pm to 1pm. The Indian community on campus is encouraged to share their culture and talents with other students and the public, and others are invited to join in the celebrations.
The event will feature food stalls with traditional Indian food, traditional dancing, henna tattoos and more.
On Friday, 25 October, Toi Ohomai will continue the Diwali celebrations at the Tauranga historic Village, where One Love Charity will be hosting a spectacular Diwali festival ahead of Labour Weekend.
The event will have live music, dance workshops, henna, face painting, enriching Vedic storytelling and painting traditional Diyas, which will be lit to decorate the festival venue.