Today marks the beginning of a five day festival in the Hinduism faith known as Diwali.
It brings family and friends together to brighten up the darkest (it is a new moon tonight, so there will be no illumination) night of autumn (or spring, depending on the hemisphere you’re in).
They celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair by lighting ‘diyas’ (candles and lamps), cleaning and decorating their houses and watching fireworks.
The lighting of lamps is a way of obeisance for the attainment of health, knowledge and peace.
As part of the celebration, a feast is also prepared with plenty of desserts to indulge upon and gifts are often given.
So light a tea candle while you make yourself a cup and celebrate the beginning Festival of Lights tonight!