Thousands celebrate Diwali around the world

People light lamps to form the shape of Hindu god Ganesh in Chandigarh, northern India
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
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
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.

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