Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists across the world. Beyond the lights and fun, Diwali is a time to reflect on life and make changes for the upcoming year.
This year Diwali takes place from 22-26 October, with the main day of celebration on Monday 24 October.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps". It is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Stretching beyond cultures and religions, Diwali celebrates the vision of oneness and of unity in the midst of diversity.
We wish those observing the festival this year a very happy and fun filled Diwali!