THE Hindu festival Diwali is being commemorated today, and it's sure to be another beautiful celebration.

The annual celebration is filled with beautiful lights and colours, but what do you say to someone when you want to wish them a Happy Diwali?

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The festival of light starts on November 5 in 2018
What is Diwali?

Diwali is a festival, associated with Hinduism and it lasts five days.

It takes place between October and November every year in the northern hemisphere.

And in the southern hemisphere it takes place in Spring.

It takes place on the day before the new moon in the month of Ashwin, which is the seventh month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar.

The festival's purpose is to celebrate Rama-chandra, who is the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu.

It celebrates the "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance".

The celebrations began on October 5 with Dhanteras.

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Diwali is a week long celebration

October 26 is Choti Diwali, Naraka Chaturdasi which is a day of preparing feast and sweet treats.

October 27 is known as  Amavasya when feasts are shared, temples are visited and family are greeted.

Annakut, Padwa and Govardhan Puja is on day four, and this celebrates the bond between husband and wife.

And on October 29, the final celebration is called Bhai Duj which celebrates the bond between siblings.
What are some Diwali greetings to share?

It can be as simple as saying 'Happy Diwali', but there are a few other longer greetings you can say if you wish to.

"It’s Diwali everywhere, happiness is in the air and wealth forever… And wish everyone out there Happy Diwali!"
"Let this Diwali burn all your bad times and enter you in good times."
"Since this is a special occasion when all the family and friends get together, for fun. Wishing a lot of amusement to cheer your days during this festive season. Happy Diwali!"

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"Doubt is like darkness and trust is like a light. There is no way one can destroy light by throwing darkness into it. So, let’s come together and enjoy the festival of lights. Happy Diwali"
"Diwali is a festival full of sweet memories, a sky full of fireworks, a mouth full of sweets, a house full of diyas and a heart full of enjoyment! Happy Diwali!"

How Diwali 2017, the festival of light, will be celebrated