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India celebrates Diwali

A vendor shows decorative items to customers at his stall on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A vendor shows decorative items to customers at his stall on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A vendor shows decorative items to customers at his stall on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A vendor waits for customers at his shop of lanterns at a market on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A vendor waits for customers at his shop of lanterns at a market on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A vendor waits for customers at his shop of lanterns at a market on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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People light lamps as they make a formation of a peace symbol on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Chandigarh, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

People light lamps as they make a formation of a peace symbol on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Chandigarh, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

People light lamps as they make a formation of a peace symbol on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Chandigarh, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
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People stand after lighting candles in a stadium as part of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Allahabad, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

People stand after lighting candles in a stadium as part of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Allahabad, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

People stand after lighting candles in a stadium as part of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Allahabad, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
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A man puts lights in an alley the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man puts lights in an alley the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man puts lights in an alley the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A girl plays with firecracker on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A girl plays with firecracker on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A girl plays with firecracker on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A woman decorates her house on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman decorates her house on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman decorates her house on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in a slum in Mumbai, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India, October 18,...more

Participants light earthen oil lamps on the banks of the Sarayu river in an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records for the largest display of oil lamps during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar
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Yogi Adityanath (L), Chief Minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, worships artists dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Laxman during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Yogi Adityanath (L), Chief Minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, worships artists dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Laxman during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India, October 18, 2017....more

Yogi Adityanath (L), Chief Minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, worships artists dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Laxman during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India, October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar
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A man carries an idol of the Hindu mythological character 'Yogini', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man carries an idol of the Hindu mythological character 'Yogini', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man carries an idol of the Hindu mythological character 'Yogini', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A man carries an idol of Hindu goddess Kali towards a pandal or a temporary platform, as he walks past the clay idols of the mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man carries an idol of Hindu goddess Kali towards a pandal or a temporary platform, as he walks past the clay idols of the mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja...more

A man carries an idol of Hindu goddess Kali towards a pandal or a temporary platform, as he walks past the clay idols of the mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A girl walks past clay idols of the Hindu mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the Hindu goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival, at a roadside workshop in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A girl walks past clay idols of the Hindu mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the Hindu goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival, at a roadside workshop in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De...more

A girl walks past clay idols of the Hindu mythological characters 'Dakinis' and 'Yoginis', who will be worshipped along with the Hindu goddess Kali during the Kali Puja festival, at a roadside workshop in Kolkata, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Mumbai, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Mumbai, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Mumbai, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A vendor hangs lanterns for sale at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Mumbai, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A vendor hangs lanterns for sale at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Mumbai, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A vendor hangs lanterns for sale at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Mumbai, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Hindu priests put the finishing touches to a rangoli, or mural made out of coloured powders, at a temple ahead of Diwali festival celebrations in Ahmedabad, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Hindu priests put the finishing touches to a rangoli, or mural made out of coloured powders, at a temple ahead of Diwali festival celebrations in Ahmedabad, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Hindu priests put the finishing touches to a rangoli, or mural made out of coloured powders, at a temple ahead of Diwali festival celebrations in Ahmedabad, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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An artisan rests next to the earthen lamps, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Chandigarh, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

An artisan rests next to the earthen lamps, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Chandigarh, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

An artisan rests next to the earthen lamps, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Chandigarh, October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
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A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Kolkata, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Kolkata, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Kolkata, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Kolkata, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Kolkata, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Kolkata, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A man arranges earthen lamps in a furnace, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Mumbai, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui

A man arranges earthen lamps in a furnace, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Mumbai, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui

A man arranges earthen lamps in a furnace, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Mumbai, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui
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A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Mumbai, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui

A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Mumbai, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui

A woman colours earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, in Mumbai, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Danish Siddiqui
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A worker pours liquid paraffin wax in small iron boxes to make candles, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Kolkata, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A worker pours liquid paraffin wax in small iron boxes to make candles, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Kolkata, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A worker pours liquid paraffin wax in small iron boxes to make candles, which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Kolkata, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
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A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Ahmedabad, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Ahmedabad, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, at a workshop in Ahmedabad, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, on a street in Ajmer, India October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma

A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, on a street in Ajmer, India October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma

A man makes earthen lamps which are used to decorate temples and homes during the Hindu festival of Diwali, on a street in Ajmer, India October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma
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Workers make firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Workers make firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Workers make firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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A worker checks the dryness of firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A worker checks the dryness of firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A worker checks the dryness of firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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A worker checks the dryness of wicks used to make firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A worker checks the dryness of wicks used to make firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A worker checks the dryness of wicks used to make firecrackers at a factory ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is illuminated during a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is illuminated during a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is illuminated during a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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Students pose after lighting oil lamps around a "Rangoli", a traditional pattern made from coloured powders and flower petals outside their hostel to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Guwahati, India, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika

Students pose after lighting oil lamps around a "Rangoli", a traditional pattern made from coloured powders and flower petals outside their hostel to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Guwahati, India, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar...more

Students pose after lighting oil lamps around a "Rangoli", a traditional pattern made from coloured powders and flower petals outside their hostel to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Guwahati, India, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika
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A stockbroker trader reacts as his family watches him trading during a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, India October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A stockbroker trader reacts as his family watches him trading during a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, India October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

A stockbroker trader reacts as his family watches him trading during a special "muhurat" trading session for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, India October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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Devotees light candles at a Gurdwara, or Sikh temple, during celebrations to mark Bandi Chhorh Divas, which coincides with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Chandigarh, India October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Devotees light candles at a Gurdwara, or Sikh temple, during celebrations to mark Bandi Chhorh Divas, which coincides with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Chandigarh, India October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Devotees light candles at a Gurdwara, or Sikh temple, during celebrations to mark Bandi Chhorh Divas, which coincides with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Chandigarh, India October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
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