The Festival of Lights is just around the corner with events set to take place across the capital for the celebration which marks the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Diwali, as it is more formally known, is traditionally considered a Hindu festival but it is also celebrated throughout India and across the world by people of other faiths.

In October, fireworks are set to light up the skies and candles will be lit to celebrate the arrival of Lord Rama as he frees Queen Sita and defeats the evil Ravana.

As part of the ancient five day festival, loved ones also exchange food and gifts.

When is Diwali this year?

Each year the dates of the festival differ as they are calculated by the position of the moon, but annually it does take place in either October or November.

This year, Diwali falls on Thursday October 19 which is the 15th day of the holiest month in the Hindu calendar, Kartika.

Diwali marks the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil.

It is not just a one day occasion however, the celebrations continue over the course of five days, beginning two days before October 19 and ending two days after.

Where can I celebrate in west London?

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Trafalgar Square to join in with the Diwali festivities on Sunday October 15.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will play host to music and dance performances, an array of street food, craft activities for all of the family and henna art is also available.

The event is free and no tickets are neccessary.

Fireworks are set off during the Diwali celebrations Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Also in London, on the day of Diwali, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden has celebrations throughout the day, followed by a fireworks display from 8.15pm to 8.45pm in Gibbons Park.

The day following Diwali marks the beginning of Hindu New Year in parts of North India and so on Friday October 20, the Mandir will be hosting celebrations from 1pm until 9pm.

Both events are open for anyone to attend.

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