Happy Diwali! Shubh Deepavali!
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on October 18, 2017, at 4:01 p.m. ET
Scented candles are lit before being offered to well wishers during a ceremony to celebrate Diwali at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London on Nov. 14, 2012. Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals dedicated to the Goddess of wealth, Laxmi.
A street vendor spreads vermilion powder used for worship during the Diwali festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 20, 2014.
A Nepalese woman picks marigold flowers to make garlands during the Diwali festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 17, 2017. Marigold garlands are used as offerings to Hindu deities as well as for decorative purposes during Diwali.
A girl plays on a pile of discarded flowers outside a market on the day after the Diwali celebrations in Mumbai, India, on Oct. 31, 2016.
A cow stands decorated with vermillion powder and flower garland during Diwali in Katmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 13, 2012. Cows are considered sacred to Hindus and are worshipped during Diwali.
Dogs are adorned with flowers for worship during Diwali in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 10, 2015. Diwali is celebrated for five days with each day dedicated to different religious figures including cows, crows, and dogs, signifying deep relations between human beings, deities, and animals.
An Indian Hindu devotee walks amidst oil lit lamps on the occasion of Diwali at Mata Bhavani Vav in Ahmedabad, on Nov. 14, 2016.
Indian widows light earthen lamps or "diyas" during Diwali celebrations at Gopinath temple in Vrindavan on Oct. 16, 2017.
Indian Sikh devotees light candles during Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Oct. 30, 2016. Sikhs celebrate to mark the return of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort held by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.
Dancer Vimi Solanki waits to perform on stage as Lord Krishna during Diwali on Nov. 13, 2012, in Leicester, England. 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, one of the largest celebrations in the world outside India.
Bangladeshi Hindu people light oil lamps ahead of the Diwali festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Oct. 29, 2016.
An Indian worker prepares firecrackers at a workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on Sept. 23, 2017.
Indian athletes watch fireworks at the Madan Mohan Malviya stadium on the eve of Diwali in Allahabad on Oct. 29, 2016.
Friends Aanka Batta (left) and Kelly Vaduka take a selfie in front of lights as they celebrate Diwali on Oct. 23, 2014, in Leicester, England.
Young boys look at a light installation as people gather to celebrate Diwali on Nov. 11, 2015, in Leicester, England.
Worshipers gather to pray in the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple during Diwali celebrations on Oct. 26, 2014, in Watford, England. The Bhaktivedanta Manor was donated to the Hare Krishna movement in 1973 by Beatles guitarist George Harrison.
An Indian Sikh devotee bathes in the holy sarovar, or water tank, on the occasion of Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 30, 2016.
A group of classical Indian dancers make their way to the stage to take part in a dance during Diwali celebrations in Durban, South Africa, on Oct. 14, 2017.
A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp to celebrate Diwali in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov. 13, 2012.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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