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Hindus Celebrate Ratha-Yatra

To see more photos from Ratha-Yatra, browse the #rathayatra hashtag.

For the past 7 days, Hindus in the state of Odisha, India, have been celebrating Ratha-Yatra, a festival characterized by large, ornate chariots pulled through throngs of people.

The event honors Lord Jagannath, the “Lord of the Universe,” and the western term “juggernaut” is derived from the raucousness that characterizes the parade.

Jagannath is actually made up of three deities who are usually worshipped in a temple; But during the month of Asadha, they are paraded in large chariots down a main avenue in Puri to the Sri Gundicha Temple so that they may be seen by the public.

See more photos of the colorful chariots and lively crowds from Ratha-Yatra celebrations in India and around the world by browsing the #rathayatra hashtag.

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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.