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Hindus worldwide recently celebrated Diwali, a five-day "festival of lights" that marks the new year and honors the principle of good over evil. One Diwali ritual is honoring Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The occasion is also celebrated with fireworks, the sharing of sweets and gifts, and by decorating homes with lights and candles. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.-- Lloyd Young EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no post on Friday.)( 42 photos total)
A reveler lights a bottle rocket at a park during Diwali, the “festival of lights”, in Kolkata on Nov. 13. 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. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ten years ago, the International Labor Organization (ILO) established June 12 as World Day Against Child Labor. The ILO, an agency of the United Nations, says on its website: "Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights." The World Day Against Child Labor was launched as a way to highlight the plight of these children and support governments and social organizations in their campaigns against child labor. [37 photos]

The rough hands of an Afghan child, at the Sadat Ltd. Brick factory, where some children work from 8am to 5 pm daily, seen on May 14, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Child labor is common at the brick factories where the parents work as laborers, desperate to make more money enlisting their children to help doing the easy jobs. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

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SEALING A DEAL: Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, used his phone to photograph Qatar’s minister of foreign affairs and India’s human resource development minister as they shook hands Monday in New Delhi to seal an agreement. (Prakash Singh/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

WATER TUNNEL: Young people dressed in traditional costumes threw a bucket of water at a girl in Trenčianska Teplá, Slovakia, Monday. Men splash women with water as part of celebrations that symbolize the women’s youth, strength and beauty. (Samuel Kubani/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA FIRE: Firefighters consoled each other after they extinguished a fire at an abandoned warehouse in Philadelphia Monday. Two firefighters were killed when an adjacent building they were inspecting collapsed. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

SOCCER CELEBRATION: Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse celebrated his goal against Bolton during their English Premier League soccer match at the Sports Direct Arena in Newcastle, England, Monday. Newcastle won 2-0. (Owen Humphreys/Associated Press)

CARRYING CANE: A farmer carried sugar cane from a field on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Monday. (Mukesh Gupta/Reuters)

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A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the “Luminarias,” a [...]

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