Hindus worldwide join to celebrate Diwali, the 'festival of lights'

The annual celebration is symbolic of light over darkness, or the triumph of good over evil
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Diwali began on 26 October this year. The festival, which lasts for five days and named "the festival of lights", is one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year and is celebrated within families by having traditional celebrations together at home. Pictured above: a Pakistani Hindu girl lights a candle in Karachi to mark the occasion. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Hindu children wave sparklers on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi. For Diwali, the festival of lights, people honour the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, decorate their homes with flowers and diyas (earthen lamps), and celebrate the homecoming of the God Ram after he vanquished the demon king Ravana. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian children light fireworks. The festival marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects during Diwali at the Sikh Shrine the Golden Temple in Amritsar. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian Sikh devotees Gurmeet Singh (R) and Puneet Kaur lights lamps as they pay their respects. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Other Indian Sikh devotees light candles as they pay their respects. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Others watch a fireworks display above Sikhism's holiest shrine The Golden Temple in Amritsar. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Pakistani Hindu woman lights earthen oil lamp on the occasion. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Hindu women hold earthen oil lamps on the occasion of Diwali, in Lahore. (AFP/Getty Images)