5 Amazing Photos from Diwali Around the World

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)

Fireworks over the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai, India (CC by Vinoth Chandar)

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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