Light rather than dark, good beating evil, knowledge winning against ignorance or hope triumphing over despair. In one word, Diwali.
Manchester’s Albert Square was awash with the good stuff on Saturday as thousands gathered to celebrate the Hindu festival of light – the 11th annual Dashehra Diwali Mela.
It featured a performance from illuminated drummers SPARK, their first time in Manchester or at any Diwali event.
Scroll down for more pictures, with Manchester’s main square set to host an array of other events in the lead up to Christmas and New Year.