13 November 2012
Last updated at 17:16
The spectacular festival of lights, Diwali, is under way. The five-day event is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. You have been sending us your photos of the festival. This image was sent in by the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in Neasden, London, showing women making final preparations.
The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Rishi Shenoy, in Wales, UK, took this picture of lit glass candle-holders hung in a line around a garden.
Vijay Patel sent in this picture of a Diwali lamp outside his home in Mumbai. Vijay says: "It attracts positive energy".
In Mumbai, India, Sandeep Bangera has decorated his flat with lanterns.
Diwali decorations include a pattern arranged on the floor called 'Rangoli'. Rishi in Wales says: "Athough traditionally done with coloured rice flour powder outside the door, this is modified for the local Welsh weather!"
"These are traditional decorations to welcome the Goddess of wealth during the festival of Diwali," Rishi said.
Kuldip Dehal in London, UK: "I made my pic by dying the rice with food dye and drying it out over night, with my five-year-old son."
Dylan Patel took this photo in his house in Harrow, UK.
Rajni Bhudiya describes the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden, London, UK. "The silhouette is of our deity and main shrine; Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj. There are around 300 hanging lights all over the exterior of the temple set up by volunteers working through the day and night."
Pooja Popat, Leicester tells us: "My Mum did the Rangoli using traditional powders we got from India. We usually do it a few days leading up to Diwali and then the best one on Diwali day".
Sonal from East Barnet in London, UK made this traditional Rangoli decoration from flower petals with her two-year-old niece, Aariya. Send your photos to email@example.com. For conditions visit bbc.co.uk/terms.