The Indian festival of lights, called Diwali, is on Sunday this year. The festival is celebrated with lighting oil lamps, known as diyas, and candles, along with fireworks displays.

The festival, which falls on a different date every year but always in October or November (depending on the phase of the moon), honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The festival is celebrated with friends and family, with every household enjoying sweets and exchanging gifts. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains all celebrate Diwali, which is also called Deepavali.

In Hindu mythology, Diwali was celebrated to welcome Lord Rama and his wife Sita after they returned to their kingdom following a 14-year exile and defeating demon-king Ravana.

RTS6IJ7 A man lights firecrackers while celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, the annual festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, Nov. 11, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Here are some wishes greeting and wishes to share with friends and family.

  • Another year will be over, another year will come. I hope and pray that the lights of Diwali illuminate the new chapter of your life. Happy Diwali!
  • The significance of Deepavali is the removal of darkness and ignorance from the mind and filing it with goodness.
  • On this auspicious festival of lights, may the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your life and your home. Wishing you a Happy Diwali.
  • May millions of lamps illuminate your life with endless joy, prosperity, health and wealth forever.
  • With shine of diyas and the echo of chants, may prosperity and happiness fill your life.