DIWALI is a time we renew bonds and make new friends.
This was the message from Fiji Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia.
"The festival of lights has a lot of culture behind the lights," Mr Lodhia said.
He said Diwali was light after darkness, victory of good over evil, welcoming the goddess of wealth and indeed renewing of friendship.
"Diwali is accompanied by a lot of religious activities, including prayers to the almighty, showing gratitude for what we have and for blessing for a brighter future," Mr Lodhia said.
He said they also prayed for forgiveness.
"This is one time Hindus all around the world should forgive others and forget about their past misfortunes. They have a new beginning for a brighter future and fortune," he said.
Fireworks, he said, symbolised a welcome to the goddess and also the blasting away of the devils in some parts of India.
"Generally, fireworks are not an integral part of the Hindu prayers and rituals but have become an extension of the festivities recently.
"At this time, we wish every citizen in Fiji a very happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year," he added.