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India lights up ahead of Diwali festival

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A girl lights candles inside a cricket ground on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Nov. 12.

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, officially takes place in India on Nov. 13.

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Buildings decorated with electric lights on the eve of Diwali, the Festival of Light in Calcutta, India, on Nov. 12. 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.

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Indian people light traditational Chinese lanterns to celebrate eco friendly Diwali or Deepawali in Bangalore, India, Nov. 12. Hundreds of people took part in this event to celebrate the smoke free and eco friendly Diwali. Diwali the festival of lights will be celebrated in India on Nov. 13.

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People light earthen lamps in a formation to form the shape of Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Nov. 12. The letters in Hindi read, 'Happy Diwali.'

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