The festival of lights, Diwali, is arguably India’s biggest religious celebration, when homes, institutions and entire neighbourhoods are decorated with candles, earthen lamps and fairy lights on this auspicious moonless night. In urban India, Diwali has come to be associated with weeks of card parties that culminate in a grand evening of firecrackers, on the main day of the festival. A homogeneous culture has set in with the modern youth that sees the festival as a time for exuberance and conspicuous consumption.

Traditionally, however, different regions of India have diverse ways of commemorating this day. Different parts of India celebrate Diwali in their own unique ways. Read on to find out where you can travel to explore these interesting Diwali traditions across India.