Each year, in the Hindu month of Kartik, every corner of India is illuminated, and the scent of incense hangs heavy in the air in celebration of Diwali.
Diwali, a celebration of light over darkness, is also known as the Festival of Lights. It lasts for five days each year usually falling between October and November with the exact dates determined by the position of the moon.
This year, Diwali falls on November 14-19.
Legends that surround Diwali can be traced through time back to ancient India, however despite differing origin stories, for all celebrating Diwali, it is a time of harmony.
In each myth, legend and story, significance lies in the classic tale of good conquering over evil with the lights illuminated each year signifying joy, hope and unity.
Firecrackers are set off daily as a mark of respect to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity.
Celebrated all over the world, the Festival of Lights brings family, friends and loved ones together.
However, as Victoria continues its road to recovery from COVID-19, it is important to remember that we still need to celebrate differently this year.
There has never been a more important time to celebrate all that is good but please remember to do so safely.
This year it is safest to celebrate outdoors. Click here to read more about restrictions in Victoria.
The Huddle wishes all celebrating a Diwali full of happiness and joy.