Striking Photos Of Hindus Celebrating Diwali The Festival Of Lights

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Photo: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Hindus in India and around the world are celebrating Diwali also known as the festival of lights. This is one of the most important festivals for Hindus and is marked by the Hindu calendar. The lights represent the triumph of good over evil and through this festival Hindus worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

The festival is marked by various rituals, and includes lighting firecrackers and an exchange of gifts. It is also common for public sector employees to go door-to-door asking for a Diwali bonus.

On Dhanteras Indians go shopping for gold jewelry, a tradition that has become hugely important to gold trading.

A potter makes diyas (earthen lamps) for the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Diyas (lamps) light up a field ahead of Diwali. The diyas are lit to signify the triumph of good over evil.

A girl lights divas around a rangoli (a decorative design made on floors) to welcome the Hindu goddess Lakshmi into her home.

Indians shop for gold jewelry on Dhanteras a tradition that is closely watched by gold traders everywhere.

Indians pack into trains as they return to their hometowns to celebrate Diwali.

Indian Border Security Force soldiers light crackers as part at the India-Bangladesh border.

Widows gather around a tulsi plant and light oil lamps to celebrate Diwali in Bhubaneswar, India.

Hindu priests perform prayers and rituals as devotees gather around an idol of Hanuman, the monkey god.

The Hindu festival of Diwali known as the Tihar festival is celebrated in Nepal as well. Here we see a flower vendor waiting for customers.

An Indian man dressed as the monkey god Hanuman blesses a Muslim bystander during Diwali.

A man dressed as an Indian deity asks businessmen for money. Employees typically receive a Diwali bonus and it is common for public sector employess to go door to door asking for a Diwali bonus as well.

A eunuch dances outside a shop while asking for money from local businessmen and merchants in New Delhi.

Stock brokers react as they watch trading during Diwali. The BSE closed down 0.28 per cent.

Hindus gather at a temple in Nairobi, Kenya to celebrate Diwali.

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