Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has wished Greater Manchester’s Hindus, Sikhs and Jains a Happy Diwali.
The Festival of Lights begins on Sunday 3 November and lasts for five days.
It is one of the most important religious festivals in the Hindu, Sikh and Jain calendars and is marked by thousands of people across Greater Manchester.
Tony has sent the following message to mark the celebration:
“I would like to take the opportunity on this auspicious occasion to wish all the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities across Greater Manchester a ‘Happy Diwali’.
“My vision is for all of us in Greater Manchester to work together to build the safest communities in Britain, therefore keeping in contact with communities is very important to me especially at times of celebration.
“I hope you all have a great time over the five days of celebration from Dhanteras all the way through to Yama Dvitiya.”