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The Hindu fes­ti­val of lights sym­bol­ises the vic­tory of good over evil and the lift­ing of spir­i­tual dark­ness.

One of the most pop­u­lar events on the Hindu re­li­gious cal­en­der, this fes­ti­val is ob­served across the world, even in­spir­ing non-hin­dus to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, tem­ples, homes, of­fices and shops are brightly il­lu­mi­nated with ev­ery­thing from lan­terns and can­dles to fairy lights.

Di­wali is cel­e­brated to hon­our Ra­machan­dra, a ma­jor Hindu de­ity and sev­enth in­car­na­tion of the god Vishnu.

It is be­lieved that, on Di­wali, Ra­machan­dra re­turned from ex­ile and de­feated the de­mon king, Ra­vana.

Through­out Aus­tralia, large-scale Di­wali events are held ev­ery year in ob­ser­vance of this fes­ti­val.

Fire­works dis­plays, sym­bolic burn­ings of the ef­figy of Ra­vana, henna stalls and much more can be found in towns and cities across the coun­try.

This year, Di­wali will be ob­served on Novem­ber 7.

It is not a pub­lic hol­i­day and busi­ness hours will re­main un­in­ter­rupted, but it’s worth tak­ing note of all the finely dressed peo­ple around town, the flick­er­ing lights at night, and sam­pling the sweets, savouries and herbs at Di­wali food stalls.

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