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The world lights up for Diwali

Last updated on: October 30, 2016 15:08 IST

It’s time for colours, lights and celebrations - Diwali is here!

Known as the festival of lights, Deepavali is one of the most popular Hindu festival in India.

In these photos, see celebrations from Gujarat to London to Colombo.

A devotee lights lamps at the Akshardham temple during celebrations of Diwali. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

People light candles during the celebrations of Diwali in Allahabad. Photograph: PTI Photo

School children gather around a huge Rangoli created by them with lit earthen lamps for Diwali in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: PTI Photo

A view of fireworks at Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium decorated with candles and lamps in Allahabad. Photograph: PTI Photo

People light lamps arranged to form a tribute to fallen soldiers of the Indian Army in Chandigarh for Diwali. Photograph: Ajay Verma/Reuters

Girls light earthen lamps during Diwali at Nalini Bala Devi Girls Hostel in Guwahati. Photograph: PTI Photo

BSF jawans celebrating Diwali near the India-Bangladesh border in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal. Photograph: PTI Photo

Police personnel light lamps during a program on the eve of Diwali festival in Bhopal. Photograph: PTI Photo

Tamil devotees lights oil lamps at a religious ceremony during Diwali at the Ponnambalavaneshwaram Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

People light candles to paying tribute to Indian soldiers “Ek Diya Shaheedon Ke Naam” on the eve of Diwali festival at a stadium in Varanasi. Photograph: PTI Photo

Fireworks explode over a statue of Mahatma Gandhi during the Diwali lights switch on in Leicester, Britain. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

A girl plays in the ocean of lights attraction during the Diwali celebrations in Britain. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Minister of State for Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal offers sweet to air force jawans on Diwali in Bikaner. Photograph: PTI Photo

Businessmen pray in front of their record-keeping books as part of a ritual to worship the Hindu deity of wealth goddess Lakshmi on Diwali. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

A young Hindu priest offers prayers to a cow during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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