Devotees around the world celebrate Diwali
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.