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Wel­come the Hindu New Year, one of the world’s old­est re­li­gious fes­ti­vals, with can­dles and fire­works. In Jaipur, there’s a com­pe­ti­tion for the most bril­liantly lit mar­ket—and as the gov­ern­ment pays the elec­tric­ity bill, it’s pretty spec­tac­u­lar. A more spir­i­tual side of cel­e­bra­tions can be seen in Varanasi, where the Ganges River is a broad ex­panse of flick­er­ing, bob­bing lights from float­ing can­dles and lamps. Novem­ber 11.

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