“Festival of Light” brings community together

Auckland – After celebrating Diwali for the first time last year, Counties Manukau Police have again marked the festival that’s observed by almost 1 billion Hindus around the world. Together with the Department of Corrections, Counties Manukau Police hosted an event which included cultural performances, a presentation ceremony and concluded with a traditional Indian lunch enjoyed by all.

The attendees included representatives from various govt and non govt agencies, members of the Counties Manukau South Asian….. Advisory Board and other community people, Ethnic media and internal staff from Counties Manukau Police and Department of Corrections.

Diwali is also known as ‘the festival of lights’, because on this day, people illuminate their home and premises with diyas and colorful lights. “The event was organised to bring people from different backgrounds together to celebrate this auspicious occasion and increase awareness about the Indian culture” says Constable Gurpreet Arora, Counties Manukau South Asian Liaison Officer. It was great to see non-Indians dressed in traditional Indian dress including Saris.

As District Commander John Tims said in his speech, “Prevention First starts right here through this event”. Darius FAGAN, Manager of Department of Corrections, Manukau said  “Good platform to know and meet Police, embrace the cultural diversity and do the networking”

Counties Manukau Police  is proud to embrace Cultural Diversity and to celebrate one of the most popular festivals in the world.