#Entertainment: Diwali Celebrations Around The City

What is the origin of Diwali you may ask? Well, let’s educate you real quick! Diwali is the Festival of Lights celebrated to honour Ramachandra — the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu), as well as the victory of light over darkness. It’s the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world, who decorate their homes with diyas — earthenware oil lamps.


Over and above illuminating the home, Diwali is characterised by firework displays, feasting and dancing. For those of you celebrating the Festival of Lights, here are some great places to go to in Jozi. Happy Diwali everyone!

Indian Diwali Festival and Market

Diwali Festival

When: Saturday, 03 November 2018 at 14:00 – 22:00.

Where: Weekend Market JHB, 1 Rifle Range Road, Johannesburg

Come and enjoy a day full of fun and fabulous Indian culture. Remember those Bollywood movies we grew up watching? Well, this is a chance for you to feel like you’re in the movies together with your family and friends. Expect  Bollywood dance performances, food stalls, entertainment for the kids and more. Click here for information about this event.

The Buddha Diwali Experience

When: Saturday, 03 November 2018 at 21:00 – 04:00

Where: Buddhafunk, 19 Wessel Road , Rivonia, Johannesburg

You’re invited by Buddhafunk to a Diwali Bollywood Experience in Rivonia. Featuring two dance floors, on the decks will be Lotus FM’s DJs accompanied by South Africa’s best Bollywood DJs on the Bollywood dance floor. Buddhafunk DJs will be playing on the Hollywood floor. See you there! Click here to get more information on this event.

2018 Lenz South Diwali Festival

When: Sunday, 04 November 2018 at 10:00

Where: Lenasia South, Johannesburg

Make sure you catch Gauteng’s well-known Nagara and Chutney group, Oriental Nagara and Chutney, at the 2018 Lenz South Diwali Festival. This is their first time in the south of Johannesburg together with South Africa’s premier Nagara group, Flash Entertainers from Durban. Don’t miss out on this great experience. See you there! For more information about this event click here!

2018 Lenz South Diwali Festival

Diwali High Tea

When: Sunday, 04 November 2018 at 12:30 – 16:00

Where: 1Fox, 1 Fox Street, Johannesburg

They say having tea is like having a bath from the inside. Bring the family and friends to enjoy this event and of course, sip on some fragrant tea at 1Fox to celebrate the Diwali Festival of Lights. Just Teddy Patisserie has teamed up with Von Pickartz Belgian Waffles and Curry King to bring you a moreish Diwali high tea spread for R200 per person. Prior bookings must be made at drinktea@justteddy.co.za. Click here for more information.

Kuch Kuch Happens

While this event doesn’t fall under Diwali, it’s a wonderful celebration of Indian culture to look forward to this December.

When: Friday, 07 December 2018 – Sunday, 09 December 2018. 

Where: Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Corner Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg

Watch out because Shivani Kara and Eastern Moves Productions are back and better than ever with a new Bollywood musical. After a hugely successful run in Durban, and after popular demand, they’re bringing the all-new Kuch Kuch Happens to Joburg, re-imagined with a brand-new stellar cast, world-class choreography, and music from the golden era to the latest chart-topping Bollywood hits. To get tickets, click here and for more information visit this Facebook page.

Kuch Kuch Happens

Have any other events you’re attending to celebrate Diwali? Share with us below!😉

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