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What is Diwali and how is it celebrated?

For many people this five-day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. It celebrates the triumph of goodness, light and prosperity. Lamps are lit and windows and doors are left open to help Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes. Diwali is traditionally a time for redecorating the home, buying new clothes and jewellery, and exchanging gifts such as sweetmeats, dried fruits and nuts.

Although specific customs vary across regions, the essence of Diwali remains the same – a period of joy, togetherness and prosperity.

Natalie Creaney