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Garlands made from marigold flowers at a roadside stall on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali on 16 October 2009 in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad
An artisan paints an earthen lamp at a workshop for Diwali in the Indian city of Kolkata
A potter makes earthen lamps for the Diwali festival, in Allahabad, India
Volunteers work inside a candle and lamp making workshop at a blind school ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, India
A potter makes clay lamps for Diwali in Mumbai, India
A rickshaw puller passes in front of unfinished idols of Hindu goddess Kali outside a workshop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata
An artisan applies finishing touches to an idol of Hindu Goddess Kali at a workshop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata
Clay sculptures on display at a roadside shop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, India on October 16th, 2009
A woman colours clay lamps for Diwali in Mumbai, India on October 15th, 2009
A boy arranges handmade lamp shades at a shop before the Diwali festival in Hyderabad, India on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
A policeman stands guard as thousands throng a market on the last Sunday ahead of Diwali, in Ahmadabad, India on October 11th, 2009
A child sits near idols of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, on the eve of Diwali in Hyderabad, India.
Onlookers stand beside lit earthen lamps during celebrations on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 16, 2009.
Fireworks light up the sky in celebration of Diwali in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct.17, 2009.
A boy lights fireworks on the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi October 17, 2009
Children watch fireworks during the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, India on October 17, 2009
Children wave sparklers at night, during Diwali in New Delhi, India on October 17, 2009
In this long-exposure photograph, two girls spin sparklers in the air on October 17th, 2009, in Ahmadabad, India
A devotee lights a lamp at Akshardham temple during celebrations to mark the annual Hindu festival of Diwali at Gandhinagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat October 17, 2009.
A girl lights an earthen lamp during celebrations of the Hindu festival of Diwali in the eastern Indian city of Siliguri October 17, 2009
An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights a candle inside a bunker on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Diwali, at the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's north eastern state of Tripura October 17, 2009.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers light candles to celebrate Diwali, at the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Siliguri October 17, 2009.
A boy dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna participates in the annual procession on the eve of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, in Paramaribo, Suriname on October 16, 2009
Children decorate their front yard with lamps as they celebrate Diwali at the Sanatan Dharm Children's Home in Paramaribo, Suriname on October 17, 2009
Hindu worshippers pray during the festival of Diwali at Shivm Kovi temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 17, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama lights a traditional oil lamp as Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, Hindu Priest from the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Maryland, chants in observance of Diwali, in the East Room at the White House October 14, 2009 in Washington, DC
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