Diwali celebrated in India (PHOTOS)

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Light decorations are pictured at a shop ahead of Diwali in Amritsar on November 6, 2012. Electric lights and traditional lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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NARINDER NANU

Diwali, the festival of lights, is being celebrated with less noise and smoke this year.

According to Indian newspaper The Economic Times, higher prices and school campaigns have dampened sales of fireworks. Shop owners have said it's the worst Diwali for them, with sales of fireworks down 60 percent, because of rising awareness of the pollution caused by fireworks.

Schools have been educating students about the noise and air pollution caused by fireworks, and the government has also been running public awareness campaigns, causing this year's Diwali celebrations to be a little less bright and loud.

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    Indian workers assemble firecrackers at a workshop ahead of Diwali festivities on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on October 25, 2012. The Diwali festival of lights is celebrated by many devotees with firecrackers and falls on November 13.

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    SAM PANTHAKY

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    An Indian potter prepares a diya (earthen lamp) ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi on October 30, 2012. Hindus all over the world decorate their homes with earthen lamps and light candles to celebrate Diwali, symbolising, according to Hindu mythology, the homecoming of Lord Rama after vanquishing ten-headed demon King Ravana.

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    SAJJAD HUSSAIN

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    Indian worker Santosh paints the final touches on earthen lamps in Amritsar on November 4, 2012. Earthen lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13, this year. Earthen lamps are traditionally lit, marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    An artisan arranges painted earthenware oil pots or diyas ahead of Diwali in Hyderabad on November 6, 2012. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in demand during the festival which 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 of exile.

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    NOAH SEELAM

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    Light decorations are pictured at a shop ahead of Diwali in Amritsar on November 6, 2012. Electric lights and traditional lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    An Indian worker puts gun powder inside a clay pot to make a fire crackers for the upcoming Diwali festival near Kolkata on November 8, 2012. Fire crackers are in heavy demand for the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13.

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    DIBYANGSHU SARKAR

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    An Indian vendor sells pictures of Hindu deities at his stall in Amritsar on November 8, 2012. The deities are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory of good over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    An Indian artist works on a semi-finished clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Kali, the Goddess of Power in Siliguri on November 8, 2012. The Kali worship will take place on November 13, in the eastern Indian states along with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory of good over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana.

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    DIPTENDU DUTTA

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    Indian volunteers of a social organization release sky lanterns to promote a peaceful and eco-friendly Diwali, and create awareness against child labor in the fire cracker industry during a function in Kolkata on November 9, 2012. The Diwali the Festival of Lights will take place on 13 November, marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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    DIBYANGSHU SARKAR

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    An Indian vendor sells idols of the Hindu god Ganesh and goddess Laxmi at his stall in Amritsar on November 11, 2012. The idols and pictures of Hindu gods and goddess are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    An Indian customer looks at artificial flowers outside a shop in Amritsar on November 11, 2012. Flowers and decorative items are in high demand ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, which falls on November 13.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    An Indian entrepreneur and her daughter participate in a ritual as she observes "Dhanteras", the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in parts of north India, in Ahmedabad on November 11, 2012. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on this day.

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    SAM PANTHAKY

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    Shoppers choose electric lights ahead of Diwali in Siliguri on November 11, 2012. Electric lights and traditional lamps are in heavy demand for the forthcoming Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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    DIPTENDU DUTTA

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    Indian school girls lighting candles as they sit near a 'Rangoli', which is made out of colored powder during pre-Diwali celebration at a school in Amritsar November 12, 2012. The Hindu Diwali festival, festival of lights, falls on November 13 marking the victory over evil and commemorating the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    Indian flower sellers display garlands of marigolds to customers at a roadside stall ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Siliguri on November 12, 2012. During the Hindu festival of light, Diwali, people decorate their homes with flowers and light oil lamps in celebration of the festival which marks the homecoming of the god Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon King Ravana.

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    DIPTENDU DUTTA

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    Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects at the illuminated Sikhism's holiest shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 12, 2012, on the eve of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    Indian Sikh devotees light candles as they pay their respects at the illuminated Sikhism's holiest shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 12, 2012, on the eve of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.

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    NARINDER NANU

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    Nepalese vendor sells color powders at a market in Kathmandu on November 12, 2012 ahead of the Nepalese festival of Tihar (another name for Diwali). Tihar, known as the festival of lights, is a five-day festival which began from today November 12 with the worshipping of various forms of animals. The festival is also celebrated in honor of the Hindu goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth.

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    PRAKASH MATHEMA