Diwali
4-13 November

Celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of light, with Cockburn Libraries.

Henna for Teens (ages 12-18)

Learn about the history and significance of henna, before making henna paste and  drawing your own designs. You can also have a small design applied by our instructor. Bookings essential.

Success Library Community Room

Thursday 4 November 4 – 5.30pm

Swaranjali – An Evening of Indian Music, Food and Dance

Enjoy a free musical concert featuring the Veena and other traditional stringed instruments, along with a performance of traditional and modern dance. There will be tastings of Indian delicacies to tantalize your taste buds. Bookings essential.

Success Library Conference Room

Thursday 4 November – 6-7.30pm

Pram Jams

Celebrate Diwali with our special Pram Jams at Success Library.

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 at 10am – Bookings not required.

Storytime

Learn about India with our special Diwali Storytimes.

Tuesday 9 and Friday 12 at 9.30am – Bookings not required

Diwali Blokes do Storytime – Saturday 13 at 10.30am

Kite Making @ Bookstars

Create and design your own kite to take home. Ages 5+ Bookings required

Success Library – Monday 8 November – 3:30-4:30pm

Carrom – All Ages Event

Are you a fan of carrom? Come to the library , listen to some Indian music and play a game. For players who can play independently, groups welcome. Sessions may be limited to 30 minutes on the day. No bookings required for this event.

Success Library – Friday 5 November 3-5pm
Spearwood Library – Saturday 13 November 3-5pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Diwali?

Diwali is the Indian festival of light. It is celebrated across India, except in the state of Kerala.

Diwali is a major Hindu religious festival based around the Hindu Lunar calendar and lasts for five days.

Is Diwali a religious celebration?

Yes, it is a significant festival in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism.

Are there other names for Diwali?

Yes, it is also called Divali and Deepavali.

When is Diwali celebrated?

Diwali is celebrated as part of the Hindu lunar calendar in either October or November depending on the moon phases and begins on the 15th day of Kartik (the holiest month of the lunar calendar).

What is the significance of lamps in Diwali?

Lamps represent the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and the victory of knowledge over ignorance. The lighting of the lamp signifies purity, goodness, good luck, and power.

What is rangoli?

Rangoli are geometrical designs created using coloured powders on the floors of homes to bring good luck, prosperity, and to welcome guests.

Are kites related Diwali?

No, our events are focussed on both Diwali and a celebration of Indian culture.

Kites are flown in India during the springtime as part of another festival – Uttarayan.

What is carrom?

Carrom is an Indian table top game played on a special square wooden board called a carrom board, with small pockets in each corner. It is a popular indoor family game. The main objective is drive the striker with a flick of the finger to drive the queen and the carrommen into the four corner pockets. It’s either played as a two-player or four-player game.

Why are marigolds associated with Diwali?

Marigolds are important in Indian culture and are used at all festivals, events, and special occasions.

Marigolds symbolise brightness and positive energy.

What is Swaranjali?

Swaranjali is a portmanteau made up of swara and anjali

Swara is sanskrit for music.

Anjali is sanskrit meaning offering. Anjali is also a Indian classic dance Bharatanatyam posture signified by the hands pressed together at the palms in front of the chest which is part of greeting and namaste.

Is Henna only used at Diwali?

No, henna is applied during festivals and weddings.

Also known as Mehndi, henna is a body art where patterns are drawn onto hands and arms using the dye made from the dried leaves of the henna plant.

What type of instrument is a Veena?

A Veena is among the oldest of Indian musical instruments, it is a plucked string instrument played sitting on the ground with the instrument in your lap. It is used to accompany Carnatic music.

What are the Storytimes and Pram Jams going to be about?

The Storytime and Pram Jams will feature books, rhymes, and songs that celebrate Indian culture with a Diwali focus.

At the Storytime, you have a chance to learn to make the decorations you will see around the library in the lead up to Diwali.