10/24/2014 03:41 EDT | Updated 12/23/2014 05:59 EST

Diwali: The Festival Of Light

Diwali is a five day festival of light celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Jains around the world.

It’s one of the most colourful and significant festivals in Indian culture taking place in family homes and temples of worship. Diwali is a time where traditional foods and sweets are shared among family and friends. Homes are often decorated in colourful lights and candles, followed by an evening display of fireworks.

The festival coincides with the Hindu New Year and normally occurs sometime in late October through early November. For most participants, Diwali is celebrated on day three of the five day event. This years festival took place on Oct. 23 and Canadians of Indian decent celebrated across the country. 

At the Gursikh Sabha Canada temple in Toronto, a decision was made to forego the traditional display of outdoor lights on the temple, as well as a fireworks display, due to the deaths of the two members of the Canadian Armed Forces.