14 Beautiful Images Of The Hindu Festival Diwali

Around the world, people get ready to celebrate the five-day festival with costumes, flowers, and lots of lights.

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Diwali, which begins November 13, is celebrated throughout India and around the world. Traditions include lighting lamps, candles, and fireworks and decorating with flowers and lanterns. Diwali celebrations often honor Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Here, a young girl is dressed like her for a Diwali parade in Paramaribo, Suriname, November 10.

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More parade attendees dressed as Hindu deities.

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These young people dressed up as the god Rama.

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Another rendition of Lakshmi.

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And this boy is in costume as the monkey god Hanuman.

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Paper lanterns for sale in Mumbai, November 12.

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Also for sale are electric lights.

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A young girl lights candles in Allahabad, India, November 12.

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A girl lights lamps in the shape of the god Ganesh in Chandigarh, India, November 12.

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Here’s the whole thing.

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A potter making such lamps in New Delhi, November 9.

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A woman decorating Diwali lamps in Jammu, November 5.

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A flower market, Kolkata, India, November 12.

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A flower vendor, Allahabad, November 11.

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