India's streets deck up with lanterns, diyas as people gear up to celebrate Diwali

Lanterns and lamps hang at a roadside stalls ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, will be celebrated on 19 October.

FP Staff October 18, 2017 21:00:35 IST
Lanterns and lamps hang at a roadside stalls ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, will be celebrated on 19 October.
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Lanterns and lamps hang at a roadside stalls ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, will be celebrated on 19 October.
Border security force (BSF) soldiers light candles near the International Border fence at Pargwal about 40 kilometres from Jammu on Wednesday.
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Border security force (BSF) soldiers light candles near the International Border fence at Pargwal about 40 kilometres from Jammu on Wednesday.
A child buying firecrackers on the eve Diwali festival, in Amritsar on Wednesday. PTI
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A child buying firecrackers on the eve Diwali festival, in Amritsar on Wednesday. PTI
A Hindu devotee light up clay oil lamps while praying at a temple during Deepavali celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AP
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A Hindu devotee light up clay oil lamps while praying at a temple during Deepavali celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AP
A priest receives offerings from Hindu devotees at a temple during Diwali celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. Diwali or Deepawali, also known as Festival of Light, is celebrated by Hindus as the new beginning and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. AP
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A priest receives offerings from Hindu devotees at a temple during Diwali celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. Diwali or Deepawali, also known as Festival of Light, is celebrated by Hindus as the new beginning and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. AP
A young vendor arranges artificial flowers at his shop ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad on Tuesday. AP
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A young vendor arranges artificial flowers at his shop ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad on Tuesday. AP
Muslim women offer prayers to Lord Rama to promote communal harmony on the occasion of Diwali festival in Varanasi on Wednesday. PTI
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Muslim women offer prayers to Lord Rama to promote communal harmony on the occasion of Diwali festival in Varanasi on Wednesday. PTI