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Diwali - The festival of lights
Lighting diyas during Diwali
Lighting diyas during Diwali

Diwali, an Indian celebration which holds similarities with Christmas, is being celebrated on 5 November 2010.

The festival sees Hindus, Sikhs and Jains lighting diyas which are small clay pots to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

Family and friends come together to share gifts and businesses begin their financial year to bring luck and wealth to the company.

BBC Blast reporters Sunita and Cassie explain more about the festival...

Written by Cassie and Sunita at the BBC Blast event in Middlesbrough

Sunita, a teenager from Middlesbrough explains what she does on Diwali: "Normally on this day, me and my family partake in a social gathering of fellow Hindus.

"But it's not just Hindus that come along, I have had friends partake in this occasion as well.

"Although it's a five day festival, in England we only celebrate for one day.

"Beginning at 6pm, we pray to Laxmi, the God of wealth and prosperity, we wear bright colourful clothing which compliments the many exciting events take place, which include fireworks, dancing, and of course food.

"One woman within our group cooks for us all because she enjoys it, she makes an array of Indian delicacies, and we finish with a traditional vegetarian meal."

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