Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated annually (Photo: Getty)

There are sure to be fireworks galore this week, but no, they aren’t Guy Fawkes Night yet.

It’s a miracle – also known as Diwali or Deepavali – also takes place this week and is celebrated for five days in many parts of the world, with the main day of the festival taking place tomorrow, October 24.

What does the festival celebrate and how long does it last?

What is Diva?

Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

It is commonly referred to as the Festival of Lights, as many of the festivities include big, bold displays of light and color.

The term “deepavali” comes from Sanskrit and means “row or line of lights”.

Besides the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance, Diva is often associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.

How do people celebrate Diwali?

Those who celebrate the festival usually decorate their houses with lights and rangoli, intricate designs made of materials including rice, colored sand and flowers.

Usually, big cities and towns around the world have big celebrations that will include fireworks, light shows, dancing and food.

Last year’s shutdown due to the coronavirus meant that last year’s celebrations had to be toned down, with many hoping to catch up in 2021.

One of the most popular Diwali dishes is called Lapsi Halwa and it is made from crushed wheat cooked with ghee and sweetened with sugar and cardamom.

London comes alive with colors and festivities (Photo: Rex)

How long does Diwali last?

The festival is usual lasts up to five days, coincides with the new moon in the Hindu lunar calendar, called Amavasya.

How to Wish Someone a “Happy Diwali”

A simple “Happy Diwali” will do the trick, but there are other Diwali wishes you can say to everyone celebrating the holiday.

The traditional Diwali greeting is “I wish you a Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity and joy to you and your entire family.”

You won’t be Sarah to join the good times (Image: Rex Features)

You can also wish: “May your life be as colorful, sparkling and magical as Diwali lights.”

Another might be, “May every aspect of your life be as bright and wonderful as the lights on the Diwali lamps.”

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