Instagram launches Diwali filters and effects – how to add them to your Stories

Instagram has launched a series of Stories templates to help you share your moments of triumph, joy and delight (Image: Instagram)

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Today, millions of people around the world are celebrating Diwali – the Indian festival of light.

To celebrate, Instagram has launched an AR Diwali filter, Stories templates and a special challenge, called #ShareYourLight.

Instagram said: “This year, coronavirus restrictions mean that people will be celebrating Diwali a bit differently.

“Diwali is the festival of lights, a time of positivity and new beginnings – celebrated by South Asians all over the world.

“With many unable to see family or friends in person, Instagram is helping people celebrate online, with a new AR filter, Stories templates and the #ShareYourLight challenge – a call to share a gesture of positivity and light.”

Instagram is encouraging people to use the hashtag #ShareYourLight alongside the AR filter and a gesture of positivity
(Image: Instagram)

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The AR filter is called Festive Diya, and is inspired by mandalas, diyas (clay lamps lit to signify good over evil), and festive colours.

You can try the filter here.

Instagram has also launched a series of Stories templates to help you share your moments of triumph, joy and delight.

To access the templates, open the Snapchat app and tap the camera icon in the top left corner of the screen to open Stories. Tap Create > Templates, and the Diwali templates should be there!

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Finally, Instagram has launched a challenge called #ShareYourLight.

It explained: “Instagram is encouraging people to use the hashtag #ShareYourLight alongside the AR filter and a gesture of positivity – big or small – to inspire others, connect the community and brighten spirits at a time when Diwali can’t be celebrated in the normal way.”

Happy Diwali!

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