The five-day festival – which usually takes place between October and November but changes date each year – symbolises the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
There are some traditions and rituals that typically take place for Diwali. In Diwali festival tradition, communities in India are lit up with shimmering lights and bright colours using string lights, candles, oil lamps, crafts and, of course, Rangoli; colourful floor designs made of flower petals, rice or sand.
The home truly sparkles too, with living spaces decorated with lights and small oil lamps (known as diya). Fireworks are also an essential part of the occasion, and again, lights and oil lamps are lit on the streets.