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10/23/2014 12:47 pm ET Updated Oct 23, 2014

Diwali Photos Capture The Brightness And Beauty Of The Festival Of Lights

October 23 is a very special day this year for millions of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world. It marks the day of Diwali, the festival of lights, when the victory of light over dark and good over evil is celebrated.

All this week, people everywhere have been preparing for the festival, also known as Deepavali, and enjoying the food, lights and togetherness that come with the special day.

A central tradition of Diwali is the lighting of oil lamps. Firecrackers are also a common sight. Hindus also celebrate the day by cleaning and decorating their homes and distributing sweet treats; Sikhs read from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text; Jains mark the festival by practicing acts of charity, among other traditions.

Scroll down to see photographs of Diwali revelers around the world. Here's wishing you and all your loved ones Shubh Diwali!

  • An Indian woman carrying an infant looks at decorative items as she shops ahead of Diwali, in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Oct. 2
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    An Indian woman carrying an infant looks at decorative items as she shops ahead of Diwali, in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Oct. 21., 2014.
  • A young Indian girl laughs as she plays with a firecracker during Diwali in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
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    A young Indian girl laughs as she plays with a firecracker during Diwali in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
  • Shoppers in a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, walk past a piece of Indian traditional artwork known as "Kolam," a form of san
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    Shoppers in a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, walk past a piece of Indian traditional artwork known as "Kolam," a form of sandpainting, created to celebrate Diwali, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
  • Girls light earthen lamps on the eve of Diwali on Oct. 22, 2014 in Bhopal, India.
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    Girls light earthen lamps on the eve of Diwali on Oct. 22, 2014 in Bhopal, India.
  • A family enjoy sparklers on the eve of Diwali on Oct. 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
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    A family enjoy sparklers on the eve of Diwali on Oct. 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
  • Hundreds of widows celebrate Diwali at the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan, India on Oct. 21., 2014.
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    Hundreds of widows celebrate Diwali at the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan, India on Oct. 21., 2014.
  • A blind girl in India arranges earthen lamp casings ahead of the Diwali festival in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
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    A blind girl in India arranges earthen lamp casings ahead of the Diwali festival in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
  • A child living in a shanty area jumps as he watches a firecracker light up during Diwali celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thurs
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    A child living in a shanty area jumps as he watches a firecracker light up during Diwali celebrations in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
  • Roadside vendors prepare garlands of marigold in the early morning of Diwali at a market in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 23,
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    Roadside vendors prepare garlands of marigold in the early morning of Diwali at a market in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Marigold flowers are popularly used as offerings and for rituals and decorations during Hindu festivals.
  • People in Mumbai, India, throng a market selling marigold flowers in the early morning of Diwali, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
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    People in Mumbai, India, throng a market selling marigold flowers in the early morning of Diwali, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
  • An Indian woman holds her child and watches a firecracker light up during Diwali in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
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    An Indian woman holds her child and watches a firecracker light up during Diwali in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
  • An Indian Sikh devotee holds a child as they take a dip in the holy sarover (water tank) during Diwali at the Golden Temple i
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    An Indian Sikh devotee holds a child as they take a dip in the holy sarover (water tank) during Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, on October 23, 2014.
  • Indians buy lanterns and lamps from roadside stalls ahead of Diwali in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
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    Indians buy lanterns and lamps from roadside stalls ahead of Diwali in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
  • An Indian streetfood vendor lights candles around the edge of his cart to celebrate Diwali in Allahabad, India, on October 23
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    An Indian streetfood vendor lights candles around the edge of his cart to celebrate Diwali in Allahabad, India, on October 23, 2014.
  • A Hindu devotee walks past statues of gods during Diwali at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysi
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    A Hindu devotee walks past statues of gods during Diwali at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • Indian children light fireworks as they celebrate Diwali in Allahabad, India, on October 23, 2014.
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    Indian children light fireworks as they celebrate Diwali in Allahabad, India, on October 23, 2014.
  • Children in Allahabad, India, light candles at the Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium on Oct. 22, 2014, in celebration of Diwali.
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    Children in Allahabad, India, light candles at the Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium on Oct. 22, 2014, in celebration of Diwali.
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