27 October 2010

Pumpkin Carving New Zealand Style

In an effort to try to retain some of our traditional American values Mallory and I decided to carve a pumpkin for Halloween.  So far there is not very much Halloween activities in the city.  No one has their homes decorated and the stores are empty of traditional candy - candy corn I miss you! - but there are a few costumes to be had.  It is definitely going to be a quite night here in Wellington.

Pumpkins here in New Zealand are all green and much to our displeasure very thick.  Of course it is Spring here and not Fall. We thought we would try to carve a Kiwi bird on the pumpkin but once we struggled just to get the top off we went straight for the simplest design that we could make - the plain square face design.

In the end it turned out to be a pretty good pumpkin and the seeds were really tasty!  We are planning on lighting the pumpkin and setting it outside of our flat for Halloween.  We will see what happens......


24 October 2010

Wellington Dawali Festival

This weekend - our Labour Day Weekend - we headed down to the TSB Arena for the 10th Annual Wellington Dawali Festival.  We went with our friends Rhys, Finn and Luc.  Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the Hindu new year. It is a time for celebration in India and by Indian diasporas abroad, with families lighting lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil.  This year the two day festival was attended by over 25,000 people.  We stayed for a few dances and performances, poked around the booths and definitely ate some good Indian food.