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.
Designs made of colours or rangolis are seen outside people's homes.
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An auspicious time for worship of gods.
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Earthen lamps of different designs are lit up during the festival.
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A child enjoying the most fun part of Diwali, fireworks!
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A cracker emitting colourful sparks.
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Children enjoy the festivity with gifts, sweets and new clothes.
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Mountain of Light
A showering flowerpot cracker.
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Decked up Buildings
Houses decked up with lights on the occasion of Diwali.
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String lights used to deck up houses.
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Lighting up the sky
Firecrackers lighting up the night sky.
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Cultural shows held during the festival.
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Arrey of Sweets
A variety of sweets. So, how are you celebrating Diwali?
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