Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world.
People from all walks of life decorate their homes with “diyas”, earthenware oil lamps, and candles.
Also known as Deepavali in India, the five-day festival is celebrated to commemorate the return of Ram, the lord of virtue, to his kingdom after 14 years of exile.
For many in India, it also marks the end of the harvest season and is the chance to give thanks to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.
While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region, the festival is celebrated to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil.
Diwali festivities in progress at Krishna Mandir in Lahore.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz
A family pays obeisance during Diwali festivities at Krishna Mandir in Lahore.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz
Inside view of Krishna Mandir.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz
A family brings offerings during Diwali festival.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz
A foreigner being offered sweets during Diwali festivities at Krishna Mandir in Lahore.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz
A devotee lights an oil lamp at a religious ceremony during Diwali festival at a Hindu temple in Lahore.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz
A foreigner rings the bell during Diwali festival at a Krishna Mandir in Lahore.- Photo by Zubair Mehfooz