For nine consecutive nights, spanning September and October, the Senior Citizens' Hall on Main St, Palmerston North is transformed.
In come bright colours, swirling dancers, food and music, as the Indian community enjoys Navratri, a Hindu festival.
The word Navratri refers to the nine auspicious nights during which Goddess Durga is worshiped. For many people it is a time of religious reflection, for others it's a time for dancing and feasting.
A special feature of Navrati is the dandiya, or stick, dance in which dancers hold sticks in both hands, form two circles and strike each others' sticks in time to the music. In India thousands of dancers can participate in one huge communal dance.