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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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AN ILLUMINATING OCCUPATION
AN ILLUMINATING OCCUPATION: A boy displayed toys for sale at a park in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Anjum Naveed/Associated Press)

STRANDED IN SNOW
STRANDED IN SNOW: A driver waited for assistance on a road in Hami, Xinjiang, China Wednesday. At least two roads were temporarily shut down due to the snow. (Cai Zengle/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

FIELD HANDS
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LITTLE POTS
LITTLE POTS: A man made earthenware vessels for Diwali in Jodhpur, India, Wednesday. The festival of lights celebrates Lord Ram and the vanquishing of the demon King Ravana. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

COSMETICALLY ALTERED KENT
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