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.