Diwali in pictures: How the festival of lights is being celebrated TODAY

Diwali – also known as the festival of lights – began today, and will last for five days. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world, lamps, lanterns and candles will be lit in celebration.

Diwali widely commemorates the power of light over darkness and good over evil.

To prepare for the festival, homes and businesses are cleaned before being decorated with candles and colourful lamps.

Revellers don their best clothes, share gifts and food and donate to those less fortunate.

Family feasts are shared and many attend fireworks displays.

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Celebrations have already begun for most, with pictures showing Hindu devotees offer prayers at one Hindu temple in Colombo.

Children have been lighting firecrackers in Chennai, and Sikh devotees have lit oil lamps during Bandi Chhor Divas at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Also in Chennai, fireworks have lit the sky in commemoration of the festival.

Sparklers have been used in Ajmer, and in Delhi, a laser light show was put on for revellers.

Diwali events in London

The festival is celebrated around the world, and in London, there are several events on.

Trafalgar Square is home to the biggest Diwali celebration in London, with a free festival organised by the mayor of London.

This will take place on November 3, and around 35,000 people attend each year.

There is traditional dancing, songs and even street food markets on offer.

Combining bonfire night and Diwali, in Byron Park on November 2 there will be Bollywood dancing, food and shopping stalls and a funfair alongside a 20-minute firework display.

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Greetings and Quotes for Diwali

To greet someone in Hindi for Diwali it’s best to say ‘Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein’ or ‘Shubh Deepavali’. These both mean Happy Diwali.

In Punjabi, this would be ‘Tuhanu Diwali diyan boht both vadhaiyan’ and in Marathi ‘Shush Diwali’ or ‘Diwalichya hard Shubhechha’.

In Tamil, the best greeting would be ‘Deepavali Nalvazhthukal’.

Below are some quotes and greetings in English

On this auspicious festival of lights
May the glow of joy
Prosperity and happiness
Illuminate your life and your home.
Wishing you a Happy Diwali

An Occasion to Celebrate
Victory over Defeat, Light over Darkness,
Awareness over Ignorance
An Occasion to Celebrate Life
May this Auspicious Occasion
Light up your life with Happiness, Joy and Peace.
Wish you a Happy Diwali

Memories of moments celebrated together
Moments that have been attached in my heart, forever
Make me Miss You, even more, this Diwali
Hope this Diwali brings in Good Fortune & Abounding Happiness for you!
May millions of lamps illuminate your life with endless joy, prosperity and wealth forever
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali

May the lights of Diwali diyas fill your home with wealth, happiness, and everything that brings you joy! Wish you and your entire family a very happy Diwali!

May this Diwali, come with a beautiful beginning, fresh hope, bright days and new dreams. Wishing you a Happy Diwali

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