Thousands celebrate Diwali around the world

People light lamps to form the shape of Hindu god Ganesh in Chandigarh, northern India Credit: Reuters/Ajay Verma

Thousands of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world today are celebrating the first day of Diwali.

A man stands under lanterns for sale at a market in Mumbai on the eve of Diwali Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Last night worshippers lit earthen lamps, decorated home and streets with colourful lights and burst fire crackers to mark the eve of the celebration.

People enter a shop decorated with lights at a market in Mumbai Credit: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Diwali - known as the festival of lights - is celebrated for five days.