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Happy Diwali - Let There Be Light!

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Diwali is one of the world's most beautiful festivals. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the King Ravana. People light earthen lamps also called diyas which symbolises the victory of light over darkness or good over evil.

The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali' which when translated means 'row of lamps'. The festival takes place with great pomp and fanfare throughout the country and by Indians around the world. Here is a pictorial tour of the sparkling Diwali celebrations in India.

Rangoli

Rangoli

Designs made of colours or rangolis are seen outside people's homes.

Photo Courtesy: Subharnab Majumdar

Puja

Puja

An auspicious time for worship of gods.

Photo Courtesy: San Sharma

Diyas

Diyas

Earthen lamps of different designs are lit up during the festival.

Photo Courtesy: Jasleen Kaur

Bursting Crackers

Bursting Crackers

A child enjoying the most fun part of Diwali, fireworks!

Photo Courtesy: sowrirajan s

Colourful Sparks

Colourful Sparks

A cracker emitting colourful sparks.

Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar

New Finery

New Finery

Children enjoy the festivity with gifts, sweets and new clothes.

Photo Courtesy: Siji Menon

Mountain of Light

Mountain of Light

A showering flowerpot cracker.

Photo Courtesy: Aditya Banerjee

Decked up Buildings

Decked up Buildings

Houses decked up with lights on the occasion of Diwali.

Photo Courtesy: Ritesh Niranjan

Colourful Lights

Colourful Lights

String lights used to deck up houses.

Photo Courtesy: Partha Sarathi Sahana

Lighting up the sky

Lighting up the sky

Firecrackers lighting up the night sky.

Photo Courtesy: McKay Savage

Cultural Programs

Cultural Programs

Cultural shows held during the festival.

Photo Courtesy: Simon Fraser University

Arrey of Sweets

Arrey of Sweets

A variety of sweets. So, how are you celebrating Diwali?

Photo Courtesy: robertsharp

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