Hindu Youth New Zealand has announced New Zealand’s first ever DharmaFest –an event that brings together various Dharma based groups and spiritual organisations together to showcase the beautiful dimensions of Hindu/Dharmic culture, through food, clothing, art, crafts, knowledge systems like Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation / Mindfulness, and the contribution of this diverse community to the wider New Zealand society. 

The organisers of DharmaFest (youth teams from various organisations) have collaborated with well recognised Raksha Bandhan Festival. Both these events will be held at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Eden Terrace, Auckland, on Sunday, 22 August 2021. 

DharmaFest will be held from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and the Raksha Bandhan (organised by Hindu Organisations, Temples & Associations – HOTA Forum) will be held from 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm. 

DharmaFest will have an official inauguration where leaders of various Dharma based organisations will do their respective prayers to mark the launch of this event. It is completely a youth driven event and many young volunteers from many organizations have come together to bring DharmaFest to New Zealand to celebrate 'Vibhinnata¯ya¯m Ekatvam' - Unity in Diversity. 

The DharmaFest will focus on exhibition stalls (e.g., book stalls, ethnic clothing, jewellery, arts/crafts, vegetarian food stalls, etc), and interactive sessions (yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, mehndi, rangoli, sari and turban tying, etc) to encourage more people to participate, see and experience the beautiful diversity, vibrance, colour, festivity, joy and celebration of life. 

Several organisations including BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Chinmaya Mission New Zealand, Sri Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), Ekal Vidyalaya, Hindu Council of New Zealand and many more organizations will be having a stall. 

The Raksha Bandhan Festival will focus on cultural performances from various Dharma based groups and dance schools promoting traditional folk and classical dances. 

Both DharmaFest and Raksha Bandhan festival are family-friendly events, open to all, and they aim to bring community leaders/volunteers and dance groups from several Hindu/Dharma based communities together to celebrate this unique festival and promote Dharma based traditions, cultures, knowledge systems, understandings and lifestyles to the wider New Zealand community. 

On behalf of DharmaFest and Raksha Bandhan Festival organisers, invitations have been sent to high profile dignitaries, Maori and Elders from Dharma base groups, and executive committee members, community volunteers and their families from all Dharma/Hindu organisations to actively participate in this grand event.