Pictures: Hindus worldwide celebrate Diwali

25 October 2011 Last updated at 15:01 BST

Hindus all over the world are celebrating their annual festival, Diwali.
Diwali parade in Leicester
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are the biggest in England and more than 35,000 people took to the streets to watch performances. It's known as the Festival of Lights and marks the start of the Hindu New Year.
Diwali light display in Leicester
The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. In Leicester they lit 6,500 lamps to symbolise this.
Boy dipping diyas into paint
It's known as the "festival of lights" because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. In this picture a boy is dipping hundreds of diyas into pink dye.
Young girl painting statues of Lakshmi the goddess of wealth
The festival lasts for five days and one reason for it is for Hindus is to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. People light lamps to help Lakshmi find her way into people's homes.
Girl painting a rangoli with different coloured powders
Windows and doors of houses are left open so that Lakshmi can come in. Patterns called rangoli are drawn on floors and the most popular thing to draw is the lotus flower like this girl is doing.
Girl painting diyas
They also celebrate when Diwali legend, Hindu God Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya. This girl is painting diyas which come in all different shapes and sizes.
A Sikh man prays outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
People of the Skih and Jain religions also celebrate Diwali at the same time, but for different reasons. Here a Sikh man is praying outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
Girls performing at Diwali celebration
These girls are performing at an Indian Culture show in Dublin as part of the Diwali celebrations there.
Hundreds of firecrackers
The new business year is started at Diwali, and some Hindus will pray to the goddess for a successful year. In this picture, hundreds of firecrackers have been made to use in the celebrations.