Lights, camera, sarees?

In November, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains (as well as many others) take the month to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Though the holiday occurred on November 13, most people continue to see family and friends and eat and dress up in traditional South Asian clothes until month's end.

Traditionally, women wear sarees or saris, a seven- to nine-metre long cloth often made in silk, chiffon or cotton. Generally, sarees are wrapped around a person's waist and draped over the shoulders; it's paired with a blouse that exposes a bit of midriff.

Other popular outfits include the lehenga, which is a combination of detailed pants, a dress-like top that goes past the knees and a matching piece of fabric that is worn on the shoulders or around the neck called a dupatta. Women can also be seen wearing choli suits (which replaces a lehenga's pants with a skirt), bangles and matching bindis on the forehead.

Men often dress in suits or kurtas embroidered in gems and stitching — just a bit more festive than the average black and white tux.

We rounded up some Diwali fashion shots from Toronto events, asked readers to send in pictures and browsed Twitter for the best in November's South Asian style. What did you wear during Diwali? Send us a photo at

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  • Vidita Patel, San Jose

  • Shruti Patel, Etobicoke

  • Shital Patel, Saskatoon

  • Amisha Shah, Brampton

  • Devanshi Patel, Mississauga

  • Pratixa Patel, Mississauga

  • Henna

    We'll be doing <a href="">henna tattoos (mehndi) all day</a>. #vandiwali

  • Keshmi Desai, Toronto

  • Bracelets

  • Payal Patel, Brampton

  • Bhumi Patel, Toronto

  • Arti Patel, Toronto

  • Pretty In Orange And Yellow

    <a href="!/vandiwali/media/slideshow?">Senior Ladies Garba warming up! </a> #vandiwali

  • Shagun Agarwal, Shital Patel and Rashi Bhatia, Saskatoon

  • Nishtha Patel, Pratiti Patel, Mississauga

  • Akemi Nakamura, Vancouver

    Akemi Nakamura our #VCD2012 sari wrapping competition! <a href=""> </a>

  • Roshani Brahmbhatt, Vadodara, India

  • Pratiti Patel, Toronto

  • Jessica Titra, Jocelyn, Isabel, Rachael San Francisco

    Diwali in San Francisco

  • Sneha Patel and Aswariya Sri, Toronto

  • Vanita And Rishi Patel, Leicester

  • Diwali In Manitoba

    #diwali #friendsforever #university #fun #brown #festival.... <a href=""> </a>

  • Anu Agarwal, Aayan Agarwal, Dilrukshi Perera, Castro Valley

    Anu Agarwal, Aayan Agarwal, Dilrukshi Perera

  • Samia Agarwal , Sage Wagner, Scarlett Wagner

    Samia Agarwal , Sage Wagner, Scarlett Wagner dressed in Indian finery in celebration of Diwali.

  • Western University During Diwali

  • Western University During Diwali

  • Suraj Pawar, Lake Mary, Florida

    Wearing a Kurta pyjama.

  • Nisha Vedi Pawar And Neema Vedi, Lake Mary, Florida