Diwali: India’s Festival Lights

Diwali, the festival of lights, kicks off November 11, 2015, an important Hindu celebration worshipping Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

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Indian children play with firecrackers during Diwali celebrations in New Delhi, India, Nov. 11, 2015.
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An Indian man stands near lanterns on display at a roadside stall on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, Nov. 10, 2015.
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Indians release a lantern to celebrate Diwali in Mumbai, India, Nov. 11, 2015.
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An Indian man carries packets of firecrackers for display at a shop on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Jammu, India, Nov. 10, 2015.
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Hindu widows perform rituals near a tulsi plant, believed to be sacred by Hindus, at a Dharamshala, or shelter for devotees, during Diwali in Bhubaneswar, India, Nov. 11, 2015.
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An Indian laborer makes fire-crackers with bare hands, in Ahmadabad, India, Oct. 29, 2015.
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Hindu priests perform rituals on accounting books during Diwali in Mumbai, India,, Nov. 11, 2015.
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A Pakistani Hindu woman lights candles during Diwali celebrations at a local temple in Lahore, Pakistan, Nov. 11, 2015.
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Indian children play with firecrackers during Diwali celebrations in New Delhi, India, Nov. 11, 2015.
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An Indian woman colors earthen lamps ahead of Diwali festival in Jammu, India, Nov. 3, 2015. People buy these lamps to decorate their homes during the annual Hindu festival of lights, which will be celebrated on November 11, 2015.
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People purchase garlands of marigold at a makeshift flower market to decorate their homes on the occasion of Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 11, 2015.
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An Indian village man folds palm leaves as he makes firecrackers with his bare hands at Bhingharpur village, India, Nov. 2, 2015.
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An Indian man lights lamps at Akshardham temple on the eve of Diwali, the festival of lights, in Gandhinagar, India, Nov. 10, 2015.
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