Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’, is being celebrated today – Wednesday 7th November – by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.

For those taking part, it’s a celebration of goodness overcoming evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Diwali celebrations include 'Puja' or worship, as well as family time and feasting.Suyash Dwivedi
Diwali celebrations include ‘Puja’ or worship, as well as family time and feasting.

Those celebrating commemorate the day with food, sweets, fireworks and worship; both at home and at temple. This worship is known as ‘puja’, and is as important as the family time and feasting.

Sikhs honour the day as Bandi Chhor Divas, which marks the release of Guru Hargobind and coincides with Diwali. While Jains observe the day as final liberation of Mahavira; and Buddhists celebrate as part of their worship of goddess Laxmi.

As Brummies and thousands of people from across the West Midlands observe Diwali, the city has been out to share their festive greetings.

Goddess Lakshmi is revered and celebrated during Diwali festivitiesSupplied
Goddess Lakshmi is revered and celebrated during Diwali festivities

Here’s some beautiful Diwali greetings from across the region:

#1  I Am Birmingham

#2  West Midlands Police

#3  Shree Geeta Bhawan Temple

#4  Antonio Aakeel 

#5  Meera Syal

#6  Birmingham REP

#7  Aston Villa FC 

#8  Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward

#9  Birmingham Archives

#10  Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

#11  NX West Midlands

#12  Birmingham City University (BCU)

#13  Sohan Kailey and Bhangra Tots

#14  BrumHour

#15  Birmingham City Council

#16  Resorts World 

#17  Birmingham Airport

#18  Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

#19  Sampad Arts

#20  Birmingham City FC

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