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With a flash and a bang, Hindus celebrate festival of lights

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An Indian family lights firecrackers during the festival of Diwali in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 13, 2012.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the biggest Hindu festivals. People decorate their homes with flowers and Diyas (earthen lamps), celebrate the homecoming of the God Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and honour the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.
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An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights a candle inside a bunker as part of Diwali celebrations at the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of Agartala, India, on Nov. 13.

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Pakistani Hindu revelers wave sparklers during Diwali in Karachi on Nov. 13.

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A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp while decorating an area of her house to celebrate Diwali on Nov. 13 in Karachi, Pakistan.

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An Indian man stands on his bicycle rickshaw after placing candles on it for good luck and fortune during the festival of Diwali in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 13.

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Widows gather around a tulsi plant and light oil lamps to celebrate Diwali at a rest house run by a devotee in Bhubaneswar, India, on Nov. 13.

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