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These colourful pictures of people celebrating Diwali will brighten up your day

31st October 2016
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Firecrackers bursting, beautifully decorative light lamps and colourful gifts and sweets; Diwali is one of Hinduism’s most important festivals, as Hindus around the world pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Also marked by Sikhs and Jains, the celebrations for the Festival of Lights in India and Pakistan are stunning to look at.

This is a ceremony at Krishna temple, in Lahore, Pakistan, as a woman from the Hindu community holds an earthen oil lamp.

A woman from the Hindu community holds an earthen oil lamp
(K.M. Chaudary/AP)

A woman from the Hindu community holds earthen oil lamps
(K.M. Chaudary/AP)

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, India, look at the bursts of beautiful light from firecrackers.

A woman lights firecrackers to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai
(Rafiq Maqbool/AP)
A man lights firecrackers
(Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

But in Kolkata, people held sky lanterns as part of a campaign against the use of firecrackers.

People hold sky lanterns and participate in a campaign against the use of firecrackers during Diwali festival in Kolkata
(Bikas Das/AP)

The word Diwali means rows of lighted lamps, and shops and stalls are decorated with candles and earthen lamps.

An Indian street dweller lights earthen lamps to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad, India
(Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

The colours in the traditional artwork outside this family’s house are incredible.

A family from the Hindu community light fireworks
(Shakil Adil/AP)

These rows of Indian sweets for sale from a vendor are really quite something.

An Indian sweets vendor arranges sweets on display
(Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

During the festival, many give gifts to those less fortunate than themselves.

Indians shop at a market on the eve of Diwali
(Channi Anand/AP)

Bright and beautiful marigold flowers are popularly used as offerings – and for rituals and decorations.

A transgender buy garlands from a vendor in a market
(Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

And we’re getting serious wanderlust thanks to the incredible scenes at the early morning markets.

Indians crowd a market selling marigold flowers
(Rafiq Maqbool/AP)



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