Hindu festival Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is not only the festival of lights, but also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
The next day of Diwali, which this year is 12 November, is celebrated as Hindu new year.
It is believed that the five day festival actually brings good luck.
The first day of Diwali, which is popularly known as 'Dhanteras', is also referred to as the new year of business.
The Hindu New Year is also celebrated in a similar way as Diwali. Though every state has its own rituals, the lighting of many small earthenware oil lamps is common throughout the country.
The lamps are symbolic of the victory of good and knowledge over evil and ignorance.
The lighting of the lamps is also a way for people to show gratitude for the good things in their lives.
Meanwhile, several celebs have wished their followers and fans 'Happy New Year' on social media.
Happy new year guys..hope u have a super happy year ahead..love muaaah
— GANESH HEGDE (@GANESHHEGDE) November 12, 2015
Wishing all a very Happy New Year .May the new year bring in positivity,happiness ,prosperity, health and wealth. Stay Blessed . — Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) November 12, 2015
Wish all of u a happy new year, here is a thought for the new year, pray we all can live in the... https://t.co/pbYhZgPdu7
— Nikitin Dheer (@nikitindheer) November 11, 2015
During the festival of lights let's not forget 2 focus on our inner light& as the new year begins 2 be open to new realities. Happy diwali:)
— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) November 11, 2015
Here's wishing my Twitter family a very Happy Diwali & a prosperous new year.May the light drive out all the darkness in your heart&mind. — Masaba Gupta (@MasabaG) November 11, 2015
Wishing you all a very HAPPY DIWALI and a PROSPOROUS NEW YEAR. May all your wishes come true. Have a BLAST :-)))
— Sanjay Gupta (@_SanjayGupta) November 11, 2015
Greetings and the best of wishes to everyone. Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year. Be safe and have a blast :))) — Punit Malhotra (@punitdmalhotra) November 10, 2015