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Pictures: Hindus worldwide celebrate Diwali
25 October 2011
Last updated at 15:01
Hindus all over the world are celebrating their annual festival, Diwali.
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.
The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. In Leicester they lit 6,500 lamps to symbolise this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These girls are performing at an Indian Culture show in Dublin as part of the Diwali celebrations there.
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.