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Diwali 2018: How India celebrated the festival of lights

Diwali, the festival of lights, 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 November 6 and 7

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

Diwali, the festival of lights, 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 November 6 and 7. (Express photo by Pradeep Kumar)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

Choti Diwali is celebrated a day before the grand Diwali celebrations. It marks the second day of the five-day long Diwali festival which is also called as Panch Maha Parva. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

The five-day long Diwali festival begins on Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

A flower vendor sits among the bags of Marigold flowers at Ghazipur flower market ahead of Diwali festival in Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

The significance of the festival is the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

Before Diwali, Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to ‘hazardous’ category on Monday with PM 10 breaching 700 mark. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

The preparations of this festival begin days before the actual date. People clean and renovate their homes and offices, special shopping is done for the occasion, homes are decorated with lights and much more. (Express photo by Aniket Gawade)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

People burst fire crackers as part of Diwali celebrations in Mumbai on the eve of Dhanteras. (Source: PTI)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

The market too booms with various varieties of crackers, lights, lamps candles and sweets.(Express photo by Aniket Gawade)

Diwali 2018: Here's how India is gearing up for the festival of lights

Over the period of five days, people visit their friends, families and relatives and exchange gifts and greetings. (Express photo by Aniket Gawade)