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Diwali 2015: Stunning Pictures Of Hindus, Jains And Sikhs Celebrating The Festival Of Light

11/11/2015 10:27 GMT | Updated 11/11/2015 10:59 GMT



Hindus, Jains and Sikhs will today celebrate the festival of light, Diwali. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepavali, which means a row of lights.

The festival of Diwali is inspired by the philosophy of good conquering evil and is celebrated by people all over the world and by smaller South Asian religions as well.

Fireworks, candles and lanterns are used to brighten up the skies and cows, thought to be a reincarnation of the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

Even dogs join the in the fun, receiving garlands of marigolds and dustings of petals as thanks for providing security.

The start of a new year in the traditional Hindu calendar, it also marks the start of a new business year in the accounting world. Some historians believe the five day celebration performs a kind of harvest festival function, celebrating the end of a fruitful season.

It’s traditional to gamble on Diwali, as legend as it that Lady Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiv on this day. Gamble on Diwali and you will be rewarded have luck throughout the year.

Scroll down for incredible photographs of the celebrations:

Diwali 2015