The city’s Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains began to celebrate Diwali on Saturday, one of the most important days of the year for devotees.

There was live music and dancing at the Gerrard India Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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And CityNews reporter and anchor Francis D’Souza hosted “A Night To Shine,” an annual fundraiser for the University Health Network, at Toronto General Hospital.

Actress Anita Majumdar cohosted the event.

The five-day festival of lights officially kicks off on Nov. 13.

Commonly known as the festival of lights, Diwali lasts for five days and marks the end of one year and the start of another on the Vikrama lunar calendar.

It’s also a time for visiting friends and family, exchanging gifts, feasting and setting off fireworks. Merchants perform religious ceremonies and open new account books.

With files from Ashleigh Smollet