Diwali Celebrations

Nov 12, 2012, 10:34 AM IST
A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp while decorating an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights in Karachi.
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A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp while decorating an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights in Karachi.

People play with firecrackers during Diwali, the festival of lights, in Allahabad.
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People play with firecrackers during Diwali, the festival of lights, in Allahabad.

Fireworks light up the night sky above high-rise buildings during Diwali celebrations in New Delhi.
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Fireworks light up the night sky above high-rise buildings during Diwali celebrations in New Delhi.

A girl decorates the entrance of her home with earthen lamps and colored powder during Diwali festival in Kolkata.
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A girl decorates the entrance of her home with earthen lamps and colored powder during Diwali festival in Kolkata.

A Pakistani Hindu girl adjusts earthen lamps to decorate an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Karachi, Pakistan.
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A Pakistani Hindu girl adjusts earthen lamps to decorate an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Karachi, Pakistan.

An Indian family lights firecrackers during the festival of Diwali in New Delhi.
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An Indian family lights firecrackers during the festival of Diwali in New Delhi.

A firecracker lights up the sky as candles and lamps are seen lit across a field ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad.
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A firecracker lights up the sky as candles and lamps are seen lit across a field ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad.

Indians light candles ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad.
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Indians light candles ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad.

Candles and lamps are lit across a field ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad.
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Candles and lamps are lit across a field ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad.

A girl lights an earthen lamp ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, in Ahmadabad.
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A girl lights an earthen lamp ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, in Ahmadabad.

Women watch a religious procession ahead of Diwali festival in Allahabad.
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Women watch a religious procession ahead of Diwali festival in Allahabad.

BK Khandelwal and his wife, Krishna, perform the ceremonial Lighting of the Lamp at the beginning of the Diwali Festival Celebration, at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas.
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BK Khandelwal and his wife, Krishna, perform the ceremonial Lighting of the Lamp at the beginning of the Diwali Festival Celebration, at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas.

A  man dressed as a god Hanuman blesses a bystander as he participates in a religious procession ahead of Diwali festival in Allahabad.
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A man dressed as a god Hanuman blesses a bystander as he participates in a religious procession ahead of Diwali festival in Allahabad.

Indian Hindus shop for gold jewelry during Dhanteras, which marks the beginning of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Allahabad.
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Indian Hindus shop for gold jewelry during Dhanteras, which marks the beginning of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Allahabad.

Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Mumbai.
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Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Mumbai.

An Indian girl tries to reach a lantern displayed for sale at roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Mumbai.
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An Indian girl tries to reach a lantern displayed for sale at roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Diwali, in Mumbai.

Indian passengers sit inside a crowded train compartment as they try to reach their native places ahead of Hindu festival Diwali in Chennai.
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Indian passengers sit inside a crowded train compartment as they try to reach their native places ahead of Hindu festival Diwali in Chennai.

Indian passengers stand in a queue to board trains as they try to reach their native places ahead of Hindu festival Diwali in Chennai.
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Indian passengers stand in a queue to board trains as they try to reach their native places ahead of Hindu festival Diwali in Chennai.

Karishma Thakor dances the
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Karishma Thakor dances the "Exceptional Eight" with others during the Diwali Celebration at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas.