Best wishes to our Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist friends, colleagues and communities who will be celebrating the festival of Diwali over the coming days.

Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is the Hindu festival of lights and is celebrated across India and other parts of southern Asia, as well as in many other places around the world including the UK.

Spanning over several days Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is among the most auspicious and celebrated dates in the Hindu calendar, with Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists also celebrating the holiday.

This year, the five days of celebrations begin this Saturday, 22nd October, ending next Wednesday, 26th October with Diwali itself falling next Monday, 24th October.