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In pictures: Diwali celebrations

Women light earthen lamps, in Agartala, India

These women in Agartala, India, are among Hindus around the world celebrating Diwali, their faith's main annual festival.

The Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, is light up during the festival

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, is the focus of festivities for Sikhs, who as well as the Jains, also mark Diwali.

A woman and child wave sparklers in Karachi, Pakistan

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 clay lamp in a temple in Durban, South Africa

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.

A girl dries clay diyas in Amritsar, India

The clay lamps, known as diyas, seen here in Amritsar, India, are traditionally placed throughout the home.

A firecracker competition in Allahabad, India

Fireworks light up the night during a Diwali firecracker competition Allahabad, India.

A man works on an idol of Hindu goddess Kali at Kumartuli in Calcutta, 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.

A Malaysian Hindu faithful prays at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For those taking part, like this Malaysian woman in Kuala Lumpur, Diwali is a celebration of hope, friendship and the simple joys of life.





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