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Gallery: Diwali celebrations around the world

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 credit: Getty Images). Getty Images

TORONTO – Thousands around the world kicked off Diwali celebrations on Sunday, the vibrant Hindu festival of lights.

The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and other gods.

Below are photos of Diwali celebration from around the world:

People handle fireworks to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Jammu India, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Hindus across the country are celebrating Diwali where people decorate their homes with lights, let off fireworks and pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. (Photo credit: AP Photo). AP Photo
A woman prays in the temple during Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor on November 3, 2013 in Watford, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images). Getty Images
Offerings are made in the temple during Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor on November 3, 2013 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
Indian Hindu devotees gather as they attempt to collect blessings during Annakut celebrations at a temple at Agartala on November 4, 2013. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
A man sits among marigold flower garlands for sale at an intersection in the early morning of November 3, 2013 in New Delhi. The garlands are used by people to decorate their homes. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
A dance troop rehearse their moves as they celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 3, 2013 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo credit: Getty Images). Getty Images
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