Diwali 2016
A worker packs candles, which are used to decorate temples and homes during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at a candle-making factory in Kolkata.Reuters

The festival Diwali or Deepavali, which is also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated every year. Diwali highlights the victory of good over evil.

The five-day-long festival is observed between mid-October and mid-November as per the Gregorian calendar. This year, the first day of the festival (Dhanteras) is being celebrated on Friday, October 28, while the main festive day falls on October 30.

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As part of the celebrations, people clean and decorate their homes and offices before Diwali night and will be seen dressed up in new attires. Lighting diyas or lamps is one the major attractions of the festival during which devotees conduct puja to honour the goddess of wealth and prosperity -- Lakshmi.

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People also celebrate the festival by burning crackers and sharing sweets and gifts with friends and family.

Check out some best messages, wishes and greetings to be shared with friends and family on Diwali:

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Let's celebrate the auspicious day of Diwali with fun and frolic.
May this bright day bring bountiful bliss and joy in your life

Happy Diwali wishes to you and your family.

On this auspicious festival,
May your life,
Shimmer with Silver,
Shine with Gold and
Dazzle like Platinum.
Wish you a very prosperous and happy year ahead.

Fortunate is the one who has learnt to admire, but not to envy. Good wishes for a joyous Diwali and a Happy New Year.

A festival full of childhood memories,
Sky full of fireworks,
Mouth full of sweets,
House full of diyas and heart full of joy.
Wishing you happy Diwali

May you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji's trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse on this Diwali. Happy festive wishes.

May the beauty of Diwali fill your heart and may love bring you endless joy. Have am awesome Diwali and New Year.

May the divine light of Diwali spread into your life with peace, prosperity, happiness and good health. Happy Diwali

May the warmth and splendour, that are a part of this auspicious occasion fill your life with happiness and bring cheer, joy and prosperity in your life. Diwali wishes to you and your family.

Light a lamp of love
Blast a chain of sorrow
Shoot a rocket of prosperity
Fire a flowerpot of happiness
Wish u a sparkling Diwali.

May you have all the joy your heart can hold, all the smiles a day can bring, all the blessings a life can unfold. May you get the world's best in everything. Wishing you happy Diwali.