Devo­tees around the world cel­e­brate Di­wali

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With can­dles, lanterns and fireworks, millions of devo­tees around the world gath­ered to cel­e­brate Di­wali.

The fes­ti­val of lights was ob­served from Am­ris­tar, In­dia, to Le­ices­ter, UK, as com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether to of­fer their prayers in a riot of bright colours. The fes­ti­val, which also marks the new busi­ness year, cel­e­brates the tri­umph of good over evil, and light wip­ing away the dark­ness of the world. On the same day 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.

Jains cel­e­brate Di­wali as a fes­ti­val of light, a sym­bolic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the knowl­edge that was given by Lord Ma­havira for the peace and wel­fare of all liv­ing be­ings.

Devo­tees at a Gur­d­wara, or Sikh tem­ple, dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions to mark Bandi Ch­horh Di­vas on the same night as Di­wali.

Di­wali cel­e­brated in Lon­don.

United Na­tions cel­e­brates Di­wali for the first time, its headquarters in New York lit up.

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