Hindus celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights

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Festival of lights

The most important Hindu festival of the year, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The biggest — and loudest — celebrations were Sunday. See gallery

During Diwali, people set off a near-constant stream of firecrackers that light up the sky before leaving a dark, smoggy cloud that lingers for days.

In this photo, a Hindu devotee offers a prayer in front of oil lamps during Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights at Batu Caves Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday.

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Lights for Diwali

A woman holds a tray filled with earthen lamps during Diwali celebrations in Allahabad, India, Sunday.

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Fireworks for Diwali

Women light fireworks to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad, India, Sunday.

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Candles at the border

Indian Border Security Force soldiers light candles inside a bunker during the Hindu festival of Diwali, the annual festival of lights, at the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura on Sunday.

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Garlands for Diwali

A vendor sells garlands along the streets of Kathmandu during the Tihar festival also called Diwali in Kathmandu on Sunday. Hindus all over Nepal are celebrating the Tihar festival also called Diwali during which they worship cows, which are considered a maternal figure, and other animals.

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Worshiping account books

Indian traders perform rituals as they worship their account books on Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday.

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Lights at the Golden Temple

Indian Sikh devotees light candles at Sikhism's holiest shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on Saturday, on the eve of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.

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Widows celebrate Diwali

An Indian widow lights firecrackers at an Ashram in Vrindavan, India, on Saturday.

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Diwali in Sri Lanka

A Tamil Hindu devotee offers prayers during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday.

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Shopping for lanterns

Indians shop for lanterns ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Jammu, India, on Friday.

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Sri Lankan temple

Tamil devotees touch oil lamps while praying during a religious ceremony to celebrate Diwali at Ponnambalavaneshwaram Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Saturday.

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Lighting oil lamps

A Tamil devotee lights oil lamps during a religious ceremony to celebrate Diwali at Ponnambalavaneshwaram Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday. Prayers and offerings are made to Hindu deities on the occasion of Diwali, the annual festival of lights.

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Sparklers for Diwali

Indian camel herders, gathered for the annual cattle fair, light fireworks in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Saturday. Hindus light up their homes and pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, during the festival which is celebrated on Nov. 3.

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