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Diwali celebrations light up around the world

Diwali the Hindu festival of lights took place this week with celebrations around the world.   It takes place over a period of five days on auspicious dates during the end of Ashvin/start of Kartika – the Hindu lunar calendar months which equate to the Gregorian calendar months of October/November.  Diwali is a national Hindu festival that is also embraced by other religious denominations including the Sikhs and Jains.

Indian people light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu on the eve of "Diwali" festival.  Image: Sanjay Kanojia/Getty Images
Indian people light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu on the eve of "Diwali" festival. Image: Sanjay Kanojia/Getty Images
Malaysian Hindus visit Batu Caves to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, or also known as Diwali with their traditional costumes in Kuala Lumpur. Image: Omer Faruk Yildiz/Getty Images
Malaysian Hindus visit Batu Caves to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, or also known as Diwali with their traditional costumes in Kuala Lumpur. Image: Omer Faruk Yildiz/Getty Images
Indian children dressed up as the Hindu deities Rama and Sita take a selfie photograph at an event to celebrate the Diwali festival in Ajmer in western Rajasthan state. Image: Shaukat Ahmed/Getty
Indian children dressed up as the Hindu deities Rama and Sita take a selfie photograph at an event to celebrate the Diwali festival in Ajmer in western Rajasthan state. Image: Shaukat Ahmed/Getty
Indian Sikh devotees gather to pay their respects as lights glow on the eve of "Bandi Chhor Divas", or "Diwali" festival, at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar.  Image: Narinder Nanu /Getty Images
Indian Sikh devotees gather to pay their respects as lights glow on the eve of "Bandi Chhor Divas", or "Diwali" festival, at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. Image: Narinder Nanu /Getty Images
 Houses on a hill are seen lit-up as a part of "Diwali" festival celebrations in Mumbai. Image: UNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images
Houses on a hill are seen lit-up as a part of "Diwali" festival celebrations in Mumbai. Image: UNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents light candles and lamps at the Madan Mohan Malviya stadium on the eve of the Hindu festival Diwali in Allahabad. Image: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents light candles and lamps at the Madan Mohan Malviya stadium on the eve of the Hindu festival Diwali in Allahabad. Image: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images
 Indian Sikh devotees light lights diyas (earthen lamps) during Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Image: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
Indian Sikh devotees light lights diyas (earthen lamps) during Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Image: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
 An Indian potter makes diyas (earthen lamps) ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali in Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan.  Image: HIMANSHU SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian potter makes diyas (earthen lamps) ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali in Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Image: HIMANSHU SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian girls light earthen lamps on a "Rangoli" as they celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in Guwahati. Image: BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images
Indian girls light earthen lamps on a "Rangoli" as they celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in Guwahati. Image: BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images
Indian widows wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in the northern city of Vrindavan. Image: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Indian widows wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in the northern city of Vrindavan. Image: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images