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DIWALI

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Diwali

XAVIER GALIANA/AFP/Getty Images Indian widows light earthen lamps or “diyas” during Diwali celebrations at Gopinath temple in Vrindava, India on October 16.

For five days each autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in the southern hemisphere) pockets of the world shine brilliantly for Diwali. The Hindu festival of light celebrates good over evil and commemorates the return of Hindu deity Rama to his birthplace after victory against the demon king Ravana. Participants light oil lamps and candles, shop, decorate their homes, exchange gifts and pray. Here is a collection of photos from Diwali celebrations around the world.

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