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Indians prepare for Diwali celebrations - in pictures

The National 2018-11-06 22:17:47

Indian people light the lamps with a painted floor as a part of Diwali or Festival of Lights in Kolkata, Eastern India. During Diwali, the entire house is cleaned and new clothes are purchased for the whole family. This is followed by lighting oil lamps around the house and setting off firecrackers. EPA

Indian Sikh devotees light candles as they pay their respects as lights glow on the eve of "Bandi Chhor Divas", or "Diwali" festival, at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. 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

Indian Sikh devotees gather to pay their respects as lights glow on the eve of Diwali. AFP

Indian people light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu on the eve of Diwali. AFP

Indian people light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu on the eve of Diwali. AFP

Indian people light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu on the eve of Diwali. AFP

A man dressed in a clown costume attracts customers to a store in a market on the eve of Diwali in New Delhi, India. Reuters

A woman buys lamps in a market on the eve of Diwali. Reuters

A policeman stands guard in front of the illuminated Akshardham temple on the eve of Diwali in Gandhinagar, India. Reuters

Indian girls light earthen lamps on a Rangoli as they celebrate Diwali in Guwahati. AFP

Indians shop for idols of Hindu goddess Lakshmi ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad, India. AP Photo

Indian shoppers look for decoration items on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Amritsar. AFP

Indian shoppers look for decoration items on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Amritsar. AFP

Indian shoppers look for idols of Hindu goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Amritsar. AFP

An Indian man displays firecrackers for sale at a shop for the upcoming Diwali festival in Jammu. EPA

Indian people shop for firecrackers at a shop on the eve of Diwali in Amritsar, India. EPA

Vendors sell marigold garlands which are used to decorate temples and homes on the eve of Diwali in Kolkata, India. Reuters