India celebrates the festival of Diwali

Oct 24, 2014, 09:56 AM IST
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A child plays with firecrackers during Diwali celebrations in Allahabad, India.

A child plays with firecrackers during Diwali celebrations in Allahabad, India.

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An Indian woman holds her child and watches a firecracker light up during Diwali, the festival of lights, in New Delhi.

An Indian woman holds her child and watches a firecracker light up during Diwali, the festival of lights, in New Delhi.

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Indians play with firecrackers to celebrate Diwali in Allahabad, India.

Indians play with firecrackers to celebrate Diwali in Allahabad, India.

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Union Minister for Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari along with family celebrate Diwali festival in Nagpur.

Union Minister for Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari along with family celebrate Diwali festival in Nagpur.

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Devotees light lamps in Keshev Dev Temple premises during Diwali Festival celebration in Mathura.

Devotees light lamps in Keshev Dev Temple premises during Diwali Festival celebration in Mathura.

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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali at the India-Bangladesh border post of Lankamura, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Agartala.

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the eve of Diwali at the India-Bangladesh border post of Lankamura, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Agartala.

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Raj Kundra (L) and Shilpa Shetty (R) during the Shilpa Shetty's Diwali bash in Mumbai. -dna

Raj Kundra (L) and Shilpa Shetty (R) during the Shilpa Shetty's Diwali bash in Mumbai. -dna

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Muslim children celebrating Diwali with sparklers at a Madarsa in Mirzapur.

Muslim children celebrating Diwali with sparklers at a Madarsa in Mirzapur.

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Mary Kom Anar on sale in Allahabad on Wednesday on the occasion of Diwali festival.

Mary Kom Anar on sale in Allahabad on Wednesday on the occasion of Diwali festival.

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A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival celebration in Allahabad.

A view of decorated Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium with oil lamps during Deepwali festival celebration in Allahabad.

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 **COMBO** Modi bombs and Priyanka Sparklers (phuljhadi) on sale in Allahabad on Wednesday on the occasion of Diwali festival.

**COMBO** Modi bombs and Priyanka Sparklers (phuljhadi) on sale in Allahabad on Wednesday on the occasion of Diwali festival.

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Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai

Firecrackers light up the sky as people celebrate Diwali festival in Mumbai

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On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of goddess Kali with a message Green Diwali Clean Diwali at Puri beach of Odisha.

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of goddess Kali with a message Green Diwali Clean Diwali at Puri beach of Odisha.

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Shoppers walk past an Indian traditional creative artwork `Kolam,` a form of sandpainting, for the upcoming Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights.

Shoppers walk past an Indian traditional creative artwork `Kolam,` a form of sandpainting, for the upcoming Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights.

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

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

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

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

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A vendor sells fire crackers ahead of 'Diwali', the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi.

A vendor sells fire crackers ahead of 'Diwali', the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi.

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A woman buys plastic flowers to decorate her home on occasion of 'Diwali', the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi.

A woman buys plastic flowers to decorate her home on occasion of 'Diwali', the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi.

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An Indian blind girl arranges earthen lamp casings ahead of Diwali festival in Ahmadabad.

An Indian blind girl arranges earthen lamp casings ahead of Diwali festival in Ahmadabad.

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An artist applies henna on the hand of a Malaysian ethnic Indian girl for the upcoming Diwali.

An artist applies henna on the hand of a Malaysian ethnic Indian girl for the upcoming Diwali.

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A woman paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali festival in Amritsar. People buy these lamps to decorate their homes during the annual Hindu festival of lights, which will be celebrated on October 23.

A woman paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali festival in Amritsar. People buy these lamps to decorate their homes during the annual Hindu festival of lights, which will be celebrated on October 23.

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