Diwali is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains across the country. Nearly all prominent buildings and historical monuments are decked up with Diwali-themed lighting.
The festival of lights, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
The Hindus celebrate this festival to commemorate the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 year-long exile and his victory over the mythological demon Ravana. "May the festival of light, brighten up your lives".
Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition.
Qurat Mirza of the Women's Action Forum said the presence of government officials and political leaders in the Diwali celebrations was negligible, but the presence of civil society and social activists was encouraging enough. It's a time to celebrate with family and friends over a feast. Many even their extend Dhanteras shopping spree and head to malls to seek out Diwali bargains. May the Festival of Lights brighten up everyone's life.
Fact #8 - Apart from India, in the city of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, largest Diwali celebrations are held. Take a seat in the Diwali village that's decorated brightly and beautifully while you tuck in and listen to live music.
Dancer Sivani Chinappan, centre, Dhivya Jyothi Naidoo and Diaksha Singh prepare for Diwali on Sunday by drawing a rangoli at the entrance to the Stri Muruga Kovil, in Northcroft in Phoenix. Check out the newly launched Diwali collection at Anarkali & James.
Worse still are those South Africans who believe Diwali revolves around fireworks alone. Enjoy Bollywood dance choreographies, fashion shows and singing performances. Kerala generally does not celebrate Diwali.