Early Diwali for Indians in New Zealand

Wellington, Oct 20 (IANS) Indian-origin people celebrated Diwali in New Zealand's largest city Auckland days ahead of its actual date giving New Zealanders a taste of Indian culture.

Thousands of Aucklanders Saturday celebrated the two-day Indian festival of lights, dancing, singing and feasting.

People ranging from school children to adults joined the festival, the Fairfax Media NZ reported.

Among the crowd was 2012 New Zealand's Got Talent finalist Dane Moeke.

"We've been going around to different things. I am trying to listen to the music and the drums," Moeke said.

"This is really good... it's a culture shock for me, I'm not used to seeing this kind of thing. Now we're off to go find somewhere to eat," he said.

Diwali symbolises the triumph of good over evil.