Yesterday marked the start of the five-day festival of Diwali, celebrated globally by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs from all walks of life. Here is a small sampling of inspiring images from this year’s celebrations:
A young woman lights earthen lamps in a formation of the Hindu god Ganesh (Reuters/Ajay Verma)
An Indian man puts finishing touches on a clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Kali in Kolkata (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)
Nepalese police dogs in Kathmandu. According to the Hindu tradition, dogs are messengers of Yamaraj, the god of death. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indian man adjusts his make-up in Allahbad, India. He is dressed as the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, for a Diwali celebration. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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