17 magical photos that show how people celebrate the Diwali Festival of Lights around the world

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While Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, may be native to Nepal and India, is it observed and celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

The festival, which usually lasts five days, coincides with Hindu New year, signifying new beginnings.

Around the world, people clean and decorate their homes, light oil lamps calls diyas, pray to the Gods and then set off fireworks and enjoy a feast and sweets with their families.

The word Diwali, which comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, means "rows of lighted lamps," and lights are shone on houses, temples and buildings to represent hope, or the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

From dance shows and sand art in Leicester to candles and food in Dubai, see the photos below that show how people celebrate Diwali around the world.

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MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: A girl holds a fire cracker as Indians celebrate the annual festival of Diwali on October 30, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: Fireworks explode as Indians celebrate the annual festival of Diwali on October 30, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Food is placed on the main stage as Sadhus and Hindu men celebrate Diwali at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on November 14, 2012 in London, England. Diwali, which marks the start of the Hindu New Year, is being celebrated by thousands of Hindu men women and children in the Neasden mandir, which was the first traditional Hindu temple to open in Europe. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: People shop for decorations as Indians celebrate the annual festival of Diwali on October 30, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: The Mistry family pose outside their home after decorating the pavement with sand, known as rangoli art, to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 11, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Up to 35,000 people attended the Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. Leicester's celebrations are one of the biggest in the world outside India. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: A young girl interacts with an LED lightshow as thousands of people gather on Leicester's Golden Mile to watch the switching on of the lights to mark the start of the Hindu festival of Diwali on October 16, 2016 in Leicester, England. An estimated 40,000 people attend the two week Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. This years events culminates with Diwali Day on Sunday 30 October. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Dancers perform in anL ED illuminated dance show as thousands of people gather on Leicester's Golden Mile to watch the switching on of the lights to mark the start of the Hindu festival of Diwali on October 16, 2016 in Leicester, England. An estimated 40,000 people attend the two week Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. This years events culminates with Diwali Day on Sunday 30 October. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 14: A Henna tattoo is painted onto a childs hand during the Diwali Festival Of Lights, at Britomart East on October 14, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. Diwali, also known as Deepavali (literally a row of lamps) and colloquially as The Festival of Lights, is celebrated throughout India as well as in Indian communities around the world. It is the time when families light small oil lamps (known as diyas) and candles around the home and set off firecrackers and fireworks. The Diwali Festival of Lights gives the Auckland Indian communities the opportunity to share this much-loved cultural tradition with other New Zealanders and their families. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: A woman holds candles as Indians celebrate the annual festival of Diwali on October 30, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: A woman holds a lantern during Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor on November 3, 2013 in Watford, United Kingdom. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and other gods. Leicester's celebrations are one of the biggest in the world outside India. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A Sri Lankan Hindu devotee holds an oil lamp while offering prayers during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, at a temple in Colombo on October 29, 2016. The Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali marks the homecoming of the god Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana, and symbolises taking people from darkness to light in the victory of good over evil. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 03: Worshipers gather to pray in the temple during Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor on November 3, 2013 in Watford, United Kingdom. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and other gods. Leicester's celebrations are one of the biggest in the world outside India. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: An elderly woman poses for a photograph at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury during Diwali celebrations on November 11, 2015 in London, England. The Hindu festival of Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: People hold fire cracker as Indians celebrate the annual festival of Diwali on October 30, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - OCTOBER 30: A man and his daughter hold fire cracker as Indians celebrate the annual festival of Diwali on October 30, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Anjani Dilip, aged four, dances on the street as thousands of people gather on Leicester's Golden Mile to watch the switching on of the lights to mark the start of the Hindu festival of Diwali on October 16, 2016 in Leicester, England. An estimated 40,000 people attend the two week Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's Asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and to bring them good luck in the coming year. This years events culminates with Diwali Day on Sunday 30 October. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PAKISTAN, KARACHI-OCTOBER 30:Pakistani Hindu girl decorates 'rangoli' on the occasion of the Diwali festival in Karachi on October 30,2016.Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with jubilation and enhusiasm as one of the biggest Hindu festivals. (Photo by Sabir Mazhar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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