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Diwali 2017 LIVE updates: Here is how everyone is celebrating Deepawali today

Diwali 2017: As excited children and elders gear up for Deepawali celebrations in their best festive wear, preparing an elaborate spread of delicacies and sweets, here is how everyone across the world have joined in the revelry.

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Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Diwali 2017. Here is how everyone is celebrating Deepawali this year. (Source: File Photo)

Diwali, the festival of lights, one of the most celebrated festivals in India, falls today (October 19). The festival signifies the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after his fourteen years of exile and is also known as symbolising the victory of goodness over evil and light over darkness. Celebrated in the autumn season, states like Nepal, Pakistan, Malaysia and Mauritius also join in the festivities. While the celebrations begin on October 19 in northern parts of India, South India celebrated Deepawali on October 18. As excited children and elders gear up for the celebrations in their best festive wear, preparing an elaborate spread of delicacies and sweets, here is how everyone across the world have joined in the revelry.

Here are stunning pictures of Diwali celebrations in India.

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Start your Diwali by telling your loved ones how much they mean to and wish them a prosperous and blessed Diwali.

(Source: Nidhi Mishra/Indian Express)
(Source: Nidhi Mishra/Indian Express)

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Welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity and fortune to your homes with the most beautiful rangolis. In case you are running short of inspiration, we have you covered. Click here, to see 30 and more easy and amazing rangoli designs that you could make today.

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If you are still confused what festive wear to go for, here are Bollywood beauties to your rescue, telling you how to amp up your festive fashion.

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From traditional to fusion, click here to get more tips on how everybody from Parineeti Chopra to Aditi Rao Hydari are dressing festive.

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Treat your loved ones and friends to a delicious spread of Diwali delicacies.

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If friends, family members are loved ones are heading to your place to kick-start the celebrations, then here is everything you need to know about how to go about decorating your house in the most interesting ways possible.

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And if you want to spice it up and go for themed-parties, here are some unique ideas you might want to consider.

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Diwali card games’ theme party. (Source: File Photo)

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But before you set out celebrating, here is how you can read up on everything you knew and did not, about the festival.

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READ: Happy Diwali 2017: How to celebrate Deepawali, the festival of lights?

And while at it, here is how you can protect yourselves from pollution during the celebrations.

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