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Diwali around the world
October 23, 2006
Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated not just in India but around the world.
The festival which celebrates the homecoming of Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana, and also honors the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is epitomised by diyas (earthern lamps). People fill their homes with diyas and flowers, and also burst crackers.
In this picture, 12-year-old Latoya Khaba lights a diya in Durban.
Photograph: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images
Diwali Gala at United Nations