The festival of lights, Diwali, is one of the most celebrated occasions in India. Also known as Deepawali/Deepavali, it is observed across the country in the autumn season, and by Hindus world-wide. This year, Diwali falls on October 18 and 19. Choti Diwali is celebrated the day before the main festival of Diwali. Also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, it is celebrated on the 14th day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). The festivities start on Dhanteras (October 17) and carry on till Bhai Dooj (October 21). The significance of the festival is the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Here are the pictures of people celebrating Diwali pictures from all across India.
A girl bursts fire crackers on the eve of Diwali to celebrate the festival of lights at Banganga Tank.
(Express photo by Janak Rathod)