Hindus in Leicester and across the Midlands have started celebrating the festival of Navratri.
The word "Navratri" literally means "nine nights", which is how long the festival lasts.
It symbolises the triumph of good over evil, as well as celebrating the goddess Durga, in her many different incarnations.
Durga is a symbol of strength and power. The goddess is often depicted carrying weapons and riding a tiger, preparing to battle or slay demons.
Yesterday (16 October) was the first night of the festival. Devotees, including those at the Sri Bardai Brahmin Samaj in Leicester, gathered at community halls to perform prayers, known as the aarti, before taking part in traditional dances, known as raas and garba.