It's festive season for members of Wagga's Indian community as it celebrates Diwali, which marks the triumph of good over evil.
On Saturday, the Sikh community of Wagga celebrated Diwali at the Uniting Church Hall in Glenfield Park.
One of the organisers, Amit Gupta, said he was pleased to get the response of the community and see them all gathered together.
"People from different religions participated in this celebration with families coming from as far away from Melbourne, Tumut, Lockhart and Griffith," he said.
"Kids enjoyed it the most and came to know the significance of this festival."
Mr Gupta explained the event is also know as the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honour Rama-chandra, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu.
"It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana," he said.
"People light their houses to celebrate his victory over evil. The goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also comes into the celebration.
"It is believed that she roams the earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright."
Mr Gupta added Diwali is particularly important for Sikhs because it celebrates the release of Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, from prison in 1619.
"The Sikh tradition holds that the Emperor Jahangir had imprisoned Guru Hargobind and 52 princes.," he said.
"The Emperor was asked to release Guru Hargobind which he agreed to do. However, Guru asked that the princes also be released.
"The Emperor agreed but said only those who could hold onto his cloak tail would be allowed to leave the prison ... to limit the number of prisoners who could leave."
Mr Gupta said Guru Hargobind had a cloak made with 52 pieces of string, so each prince was able to hold onto one string and leave prison.
He added to celebrate the day, there were games played - such as bingo and musical chairs- and plenty of traditional dishes.
Mr Gupta, along with organisers Ravinder Kang, Sarvjeet Singh and Deepak Manchanda, were pleased with the success of the event.