Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia.
The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
It's a time of fireworks, gifts, great food and family get-togethers.
In Guyana it's a time for cleaning homes, lighting diyas, inviting friend and motorcades of light.
Theindentured workers who came from India in 1843 most likely brought the festival to Guyana. In Guyana the folk legends about the festival are similar to that of India.
The celebrations hold special significance for the people of Guyana. The distribution of sweet signifies the importance of serving and sharing whereas exchange of greeting cards denotes the goodwill of each other. The sweets distributed mainly consist of mithai, pera, barfi, and kheer.
People generally wear new clothes at this time. They say that this shows that they have healthy souls and bodies.
Home are cleaned and brightly lit so that the Goddess of wealth and learning can easily find homes on this the darkest night of the year,