Deepavali 2013 preparations around the world
Deepavali, which falls on November 3, marks the victory  of good over evil. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts. Deepavali commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his
Deepavali, which falls on November 3, marks the victory of good over evil. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts. Deepavali commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his
Indians shop for firecrackers ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi, India.
Indians shop for firecrackers ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi, India.
Indians shop for firecrackers and decorative items ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi, India.
Indians shop for firecrackers and decorative items ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in New Delhi, India.
An Indian potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India.
An Indian potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India.
An Indian child poses while giving final touches to a statue of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth, at a roadside stall ahead of Deepavali in Hyderabad.
An Indian child poses while giving final touches to a statue of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth, at a roadside stall ahead of Deepavali in Hyderabad.
An Indian woman browses home decorations ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival celebrations in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
An Indian woman browses home decorations ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival celebrations in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
An Indian woman browses home decorations ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival celebrations in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
An Indian woman browses home decorations ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival celebrations in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
An Indian woman browses home decorations ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival celebrations in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
An Indian woman browses home decorations ahead of the upcoming Deepavali festival celebrations in the Brickfields area, also known as Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
Indian Muslim shop owner, Nasurullah Abdul Majid (L), 70, and his grandson Farhan, 21, arrange silk garlands ahead of Deepavali festivities at their shop in Ahmedabad.

Indian Muslim shop owner, Nasurullah Abdul Majid (L), 70, and his grandson Farhan, 21, arrange silk garlands ahead of Deepavali festivities at their shop in Ahmedabad.
 
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
Indians buy lanterns from roadside stalls ahead of Hindu festival of lights Deepavali, in Mumbai, India.
An Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
An Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
People prepare candles at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India. Candles and other handmade decorative items are being prepared primarily by the blind and will be sold to garner resource for the relief association in
People prepare candles at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India. Candles and other handmade decorative items are being prepared primarily by the blind and will be sold to garner resource for the relief association in
A blind Indian picks up wicks to put inside candles at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
A blind Indian picks up wicks to put inside candles at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
A blind man packs candles at a workshop at the Blind Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
A blind man packs candles at a workshop at the Blind Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
Buyers choose handmade products at a workshop of the Blind Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
Buyers choose handmade products at a workshop of the Blind Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
Blind students prepare paper bags at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
Blind students prepare paper bags at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
Blind students prepare paper bags at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
Blind students prepare paper bags at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
An elderly blind Indian prepares candles at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
An elderly blind Indian prepares candles at a workshop at the Blind School Relief Association in New Delhi, India.
An Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
An Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potters make earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potters make earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
An Indian potter heats freshly made earthen lamps to harden them ahead of Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
An Indian potter heats freshly made earthen lamps to harden them ahead of Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potters make earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potters make earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
An Indian boy sells fire crackers on a street ahead of Diwali festival in Ahmadabad, India.
An Indian boy sells fire crackers on a street ahead of Diwali festival in Ahmadabad, India.
Indian women sell fire crackers on a street ahead of Deepavali festival in Ahmadabad, India.
Indian women sell fire crackers on a street ahead of Deepavali festival in Ahmadabad, India.
Indian women paint freshly made earthen lamps at a potter’s workshop at the Dharavi slum area ahead of the Deepavali festival in Mumbai, India.
Indian women paint freshly made earthen lamps at a potter’s workshop at the Dharavi slum area ahead of the Deepavali festival in Mumbai, India.
An Indian woman carries freshly made earthen lamps to dry at a potter’s workshop at the Dharavi slum area ahead of the Deepavali festival in Mumbai, India.
An Indian woman carries freshly made earthen lamps to dry at a potter’s workshop at the Dharavi slum area ahead of the Deepavali festival in Mumbai, India.
Indian potters make earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potters make earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indian potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Deepavali festival in Allahabad, India.
Indians throng a market for the shopping ahead of Deepavali festival in Ahmadabad, India.
Indians throng a market for the shopping ahead of Deepavali festival in Ahmadabad, India.
Blind students celebrate Deepavali at Kamla Mehta blind school in Mumbai.
Blind students celebrate Deepavali at Kamla Mehta blind school in Mumbai.
Indians shopping for Deepavali festival in Melbourne.
Indians shopping for Deepavali festival in Melbourne.