New Zealand libraries to teach "sari-wrapping" on Diwali

Nevada: Auckland Libraries in New Zealand will teach you how to wrap a sari.

As a part of Diwali celebrations, Auckland Libraries are organizing "Sari wrapping workshop" and "Sari-wrapping demonstrations", where library staff will show how to wear a sari using models from the audience. "Come and learn how to drape the most iconic of Indian garments - the sari", an announcement says.

These celebrations also include Diwali fashion show, Bollyrobics, BollyworX demonstrations, Bollywood performances and dance, Diwali displays, family history talk, Diwali ukulele, henna painting and demonstration, Indian food, cultural performances, Indian art, sweet making, Diwali stories, Diwali experience, lantern making, Diwali coloring sessions, "Ask me in Hindi" sessions, rhymes, etc.

Applauding Auckland Libraries for Diwali activities, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as "a step in the right direction".

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, commended Auckland Libraries for providing opportunity to the area residents to further explore Hindu festivals and concepts through Diwali celebrations. Zed urged libraries all over the world to celebrate Hindu festivals to bring together the communities where they can learn and play together.

Annually about 12 million people visit and borrow about 16 million items from Auckland Libraries, largest library group in Australasia, which has 55 libraries and about 3.5 million items in collections. Allison Dobbie is Libraries Manager while Len Brown is Mayor of New Zealand`s largest city Auckland.

Diwali, the festival of lights which falls on October 26 this year, is the most popular Hindu festival and aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

A sari/saree, draped by women in India and neighboring countries in varying styles, is a strip of unstitched cloth with length usually ranging from four to nine yards.


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