Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:20 PM ET

India is preparing for Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, an important festival for Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Below we have selected some of the pictures that show the breathtaking preparations for the festivities. Which one is your favorite?

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A shopkeeper hands over a packet of firecrackers to a customer in Jammu on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. Setting off firecrackers and lighting lamps is a popular way of celebrating Diwali.
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