These women in Agartala, India, are among Hindus around the world celebrating Diwali, their faith's main annual festival.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, is the focus of festivities for Sikhs, who as well as the Jains, also mark Diwali.
Across the border, this woman and child in Karachi are among Pakistan's 3.3 million Hindus taking part in the festivities.
A girl lights a lamp in a temple in Durban, South Africa. Because of the lights, fireworks, and sweets involved, Diwali is a great favourite with children.
The clay lamps, known as diyas, seen here in Amritsar, India, are traditionally placed throughout the home.
Fireworks light up the night during a Diwali firecracker competition Allahabad, India.
A statue of a Hindu deity in Calcutta, India receives some final touches before the festival, which marks the victory of good over evil.
For those taking part, like this Malaysian woman in Kuala Lumpur, Diwali is a celebration of hope, friendship and the simple joys of life.