Diwali is celebrated with friends and family who light diyas, burst crackers together and join in the fervour.
In pic: A labourer works on eco-friendly crackers at Raj firecracker factory in Liusipukuri village, on the outskirts of Siliguri.
Diwali is called the festival of lights, as it symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair.
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi pays a visit to the house of devotees in the middle of the dark night, and blesses them with wealth and happiness during the festival.
In pic: A labourer works on eco-friendly crackers, which produce less smoke and contains fewer chemicals, at Raj firecracker factory in Liusipukuri village, on the outskirts of Siliguri.
School students take part in a rally to create awareness to stop air and sound pollution by not bursting firecrackers for Diwali, in Kolkata.
An artist decorates earthenware oil pots or diyas, locally known as "donthulu" at a workshop, ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival, which falls on October 27 this year.
As people gear up for Diwali, workers mould colourful candles in Agartala, India's northeastern Tripura state.
Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama along with Goddess Sita and Lakshman from his 14-year-long exile to Ayodhya. To display the joy, people of Ayodhya illuminated the entire kingdom with earthen diyas, which gave birth to the festival of lights.
In pic: A potter moulds earthenware oil pots or diyas locally known as "donthulu" at a workshop in Hyderabad.
A potter prepares earthenware oil lamps for the upcoming Tihar festival in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Tihar (Diwali) is a five-day festival celebrated in late autumn during which various forms of animals are also worshipped.
A devotee lights up a clay lamp at a makeshift Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu God Rama, as part of the preparations of the two-day celebrations at the old drive-inn in Durban. The two-day festival attracts over 100,000 visitors. The festival celebrations include parading of floats, chariots, singing of devotional songs, dances, games, face painting, food stalls of vegetarian food, clothing, display of toys and jewellery. Young people also get the opportunity to showcase their cultural and spiritual talents. Hindus worldwide will officially celebrate Diwali on 27 October 2019.
In pic: A woman arranges garlands made of globe amaranth flowers for the upcoming Tihar festival in Gundu village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
This picture shows Indian shoppers looking at shoes on sale at the Teen Darwaja market place on the last Sunday, before the Hindu festival of Diwali in Ahmedabad.
A group of classical dancers work on their final touch-ups backstage before participating in the two-day festival celebrations in Durban.
A group of Hindu devotees sing and dance the praises of Hindu God Rama, during a street parade as part of the festival preparations.
In this photo, girls at Gotirth Vidyapeeth, a school for Hindu and Vedic teachings, shows balls of cow dung being prepared to mould them into small oil lamps, in Ahmedabad.
An artist works on the face of a semi-finished clay idol of the Hindu goddess Kali in Siliguri on October 18. The worship of Hindu deity Kali takes place on October 27 in the eastern Indian states along with 'Diwali', marking the victory of good over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most significant festivals in India. It is celebrated through five days, where friends and family gather and light diyas, feast on sweets, exchange gifts, play games and burst crackers. The festival heralds the dawn of a New Year, according to the Hindu calendar. All photos: AFP
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