PEOPLE from all walks of life gathered in the country's soccer crazy town at the weekend to participate in the Diwali celebrations.
About 500 people were entertained by the Masti arts and dance group from Suva during the celebration at Xavier College Hall in Ba on Saturday.
Co-ordinator and choreographer Amit Ashween Chand said the group had been preparing for some time for the Ba show.
He said the show was also a charity event to raise funds for the poor and needy children of Ba as well as to promote the spirit of Diwali. "We are extremely passionate about Diwali and our Hindu culture and through all our efforts we want to show and promote inclusivity of races in our celebrations" said Mr Chand.
Meanwhile, it was a Diwali celebration with a difference at Lautoka's Northern Club on Saturday night as blind singers Shakuntla Devi and Puspha Karan showcased their talents to hundreds of people who gathered for the celebrations.
Club vice president Parmod Kumar said the club was honoured to inspire the two singers to come out of their comfort zone and showcase their talents.
Mr Kumar said the singers captivated the hearts of those who attended the celebration.
"It was a unique Diwali celebration because we have inspired two great singers despite their disability to showcase great musical talents," he said.
"This will also be an eye opener to other disabled people to come out and expose their talent, as shown by these singers. They can do what other normal human beings cannot do."
"They just need the support and love to be able to fully utilise their talents."
Lautoka musician Kishore Chetty thanked the club for allowing the two singers to be part of this year's Diwali celebration.
"These two singers are excited to be given the opportunity to display their talents which culminates with the Diwali celebrations," he said.
Mr Kumar also thanked those who turned out in numbers to celebrate the annual event.