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Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights

To view more photos and videos from Diwali as the festival unfolds, browse the #Diwali hashtag on Instagram.

Diwali, the “festival of lights,” is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. Taking place over five days (November 3-7), the festival marks the start of a new year for many and is celebrated by millions around the world. The name Diwali is actually a shortened form of “deepavali,” or “row of lights,” representing the iconic seas of candles and eye-popping fireworks displays that have attracted Instagrammers across the world.

Diwali signifies a triumph of good over evil, symbolized as the triumph of light over darkness. Small, clay, oil-filled lamps called diyas are lit and left to burn overnight to help the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, find her way into homes. The fireworks are set off to ward off any evil spirits.

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Diwali, the Festival of Lights

Spotlight See photos of Diwali from around the world by searching the hashtag #Diwali and #Deepavali. Also visit the Golden Temple, in the city of Amritsar, India.

Diwali, a shortened version of the word “Deepavali” or “row of lamps,” is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus throughout the world.

Observance of Diwali, which is among the most important Hindu holidays, involves lighting small clay oil lamps that signify the triumph of good over evil.

Experience Diwali through photos shared from countries where it’s a national holiday, including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore.