Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest festivals in India. Known as the festival of lights, it is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated both in and outside the country.
The festival generally begins with Dhanteras, the day of buying new things - especially made up of metals, and it comes two days before Diwali. The festival ends two days after Diwali, which is known as the symbol of brother-sister relationship - Bhai Dooj.
Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The festival starts after 18 days of Dussehra. After killing Ravana, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with Sita and Lakshman, and Diwali commemorates their return.
It is also believed that the day symbolises the marriage of Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. In Jainism, it signifies the event when Lord Mahavira conquered the eternal bliss of nirvana.
On the other hand, Bengalis worships the dark goddess of strength - Maa Kali - on this day. Even Lord Ganesha is worshipped by most Hindus.
This year, the festival of lights falls on 23 October. People have already started preparations, from making sweets to decorating their homes, while children have started collecting their favourite kind of crackers.
The festival of joy and love automatically fills light everywhere. From online to street shops, the markets are full of Diwali offers. It is the time to buy new things for yourself and your loved ones.
Check out the slideshow on the festival of lights.