On Sunday 30 October the annual Diwali festival of lights will illuminate the world. Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu celebrations.
The ceremony is dedicated to the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali honours the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and the legend of Rama and Sita. Many people start the new business year at Diwali and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year ahead.
The word Diwali literally translates as 'rows of lighted lamps'. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in India and around the world celebrate Diwali every year by praying to God to remove evil (darkness) and provide enlightenment of Hindu knowledge (Lightness) by lighting oil lamps and candles to signify the triumph of good over evil. Houses, shops and public spaces are decorated with thousands of lights, candles and colourful designs and big firework displays light up the skies.
To celebrate this unique festival, here are just a few pictures of Diwali celebrations around the world. Maybe this year you'll be inspired to celebrate too...
People celebrating in the most traditional way; by lighting up a path of candles
Buildings are covered with lights while small oil lamps and candles are lit
Some people arrange the candles in pretty formations...
... Which can create some amazing patterns and designs!
Lanterns even light up the skies in some areas of the world
But it's not just candles – people celebrate with colourful flowers and spices too!
The celebration has spread from India around the globe. Look out for the annual light and firework display in Leicester!
And Longleat safari park in Wiltshire has put on a particularly impressive display this year
Berlin celebrates with impressive light projections onto monuments
And even Moscow is celebrating this international festival of light!Diwali crafts and decorations