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India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali

Diwali will take place on 13 November, marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana

India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
Light decorations are pictured at a shop ahead of Diwali in Amritsar on November 6, 2012. Electric lights and traditional lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
Indian shoppers throng the Teen Darwaja marketplace in Ahmedabad on November 4, 2012, ahead of Diwali festivities. Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year, marks the victory over evil and commemorates the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
Indian worker Santosh paints the final touches on earthen lamps in Amritsar on November 4, 2012. Earthen lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13, this year. Earthen lamps are traditionally lit, marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
Indian customers pose as they shop for light decorations ahead of Diwali in Amritsar on November 6, 2012. Electric lights and traditional lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
An Indian woman sits next to an idol of Hindu elephant God Ganesh at a roadside stall in Allahabad on November 7, 2012. Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated throughout India on November 13. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
An Indian artist works on a semi-finished clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Kali, the Goddess of Power in Siliguri on November 8, 2012. The Kali worship will take place on November 13, in the eastern Indian states along with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory of good over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
An Indian artist works on a statue of the Hindu goddess Kali ahead of the Diwali festival, the festival of lights, in Allahabad on November 9, 2012. The Kali worship will take place on November 13, in the eastern Indian states along with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory of good over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
Indian volunteers of a social organisation release sky lanterns to promote a peaceful and eco-friendly Diwali, and create awareness against child labour in the fire cracker industry during a function in Kolkata on November 9, 2012. The Diwali the Festival of Lights will take place on 13 November, marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
India-economy-festival-religion-Hindu-retail-auto, FOCUS by Salil Panchal Sales staff are seen inside a decked up car showroom ahead of Diwali, the Indian festival of Lights, in Mumbai on November 10, 2012. Indian retailers hope to boost disappointing consumer spending with a frenzy of special offers in this week's Diwali festival, led by automakers crowding the market with nearly 20 new cars. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, has always been an auspicious time to splurge, sparking an annual race between retailers to provide the most attractive offers. But in this year's flagging economy, the stakes are especially high. (AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Hindus prepare for Diwali
Members of the Sidi Goma Dhamal Dance Group from the Indian State of Gujarat perform a dance during the two day Diwali ( Festival of Lights ) Hindu festival celebrations at the old Drive -Inn in Durban, on November 10, 2012.The two-day festival attracts over 100,000 visitors.The Sidis of Gujarat State in India are a tribal Sufi community of East African origin which came to India eight centuries ago and made Gujarat their home.They carried with them their exceptionally rich musical tradition and kept it alive and flourishing through the generations, unknown to the rest of the world.Sidi women and men perform to sacred music and dance during rituals in the shrines to Bava Gor, and have lived on accepting alms for touring these devotional genres from villages to shrines for centuries.Their native African styles, melodic and rhythmic movements and musical instruments have mingled with local influences.A billion Hindus worlwide will officially celebrate Diwali on 13 November 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)