As Hindus around the world get ready to celebrate the festival of lights, the Durban Diwali Festival promises to welcome Diwali 2016 with a bang! Preparations are well under way and they have compiled a programme full of fun and splendour.
Evolving into what has become the biggest Diwali festival on the African continent, the DDF has grown beyond just songand dance, with weekend festivities centered on community upliftment and spiritual and cultural awareness.Recognising the principles of Hinduism and the symbolism of Diwali, the theme for the 2016 Diwali festival is:
Racism Stops with Me – Vasudaivam Kutumbakam (the world is one family).
The festival kicks off on Friday, 21 October, with a Senior Citizens’ afternoon, where the elderly will be treated with entertainment. DSTV will feature Mona Maharaj in song. Colours TV hosts dance competition finals and the Raiders and Dynachords perform ‘blast from the past’.
On Saturday morning, 22 October, their colourful Floats Parade will line the streets of the Durban CBD, proceeding to the Old DurbanDriven-In site. The day will be filled with the best local cultural entertainment South Africa has to offer.
The famous, most watched event is the Fireworks Display which will follow the glamourous Opening Ceremony, lighting up the Durban skyline with the magic of Diwali. The Lotus FM Bhangra is not to be missed, with their favourite DJs promising to play the latest music hits.
The Hawan Ceremony on Sunday will unite all participants in prayer for unity and peace.
The Festival also hosts school children for a special cultural programme. Children will be well occupied by clowns, kids’ activities, face–painting in the Kiddies Corner. We will also have the beloved fun-fair for the young at heart.
Late night shopping, delicious food and the entertainment line-up are guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Lotus FM, Hindvani, Skye Radio and Megazone will be broadcasting live from the DDF.
Look out for fantastic giveaways like a trip to India for two and a chance to visit the set of BIG BOSS – Salman Khan’s reality TV show!
The Durban Diwali Festival will be held at the Old Durban Drive-in Site, 267 Sylvester Ntuli Road, Durban.