Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures

Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, starts between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. . Here are 20 best shots we've got for Diwali 2010.

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarover (water tank) at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 5, 2010, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali 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 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Hindu priests perform the 'Chopda Pujan' (the worshipping of account books) during Diwali at Memnagar Swaminarayan Gurukul in Ahmedabad on November 5, 2010. Chopda Pujan is a religious ritual practiced by the Hindu business community, where account books are kept for puja (prayers) on the day and blessings sought from Hindu deities Lakshmi and Ganesha. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Nepalese policemen pose with their dogs after applying vermillion to their foreheads and placing marigold garlands around their necks on Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 5, 2010. On the occasion of Tihar, as the Hindu festival of Diwali is locally known, it is customary in Nepal for people to offer blessings to dogs, which are according to Hindu tradition the messengers of death god Yamaraj. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
A Hindu devotee performs a ritual with his laptop computer in the 'Chopda Pujan' (the worshipping of account books) during Diwali at Memnagar Swaminarayan Gurukul in Ahmedabad on November 5, 2010. Chopda Pujan is a religious ritual practiced by the Hindu business community, where account books are kept for puja (prayers) on the day and blessings sought from Hindu deities Lakshmi and Ganesha.

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
A Pakistani mother from the Hindu community offers flowers at a local temple during the Diwali celebrations in Lahore, Pakistan on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is being celebrated across the country. Image Credit: AP

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Indian Muslim students light earthen lamps to mark Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. Diwali will be celebrated across the country on Nov. 5. Image Credit: AP

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
An Indian girl decorates her hands with Mehindi-Rangoli henna designs in Hyderabad on November 3, 2010, prior to the Diwali Festival - the Festival of Lights which will be celebrated on November 5. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
A woman holds a firecracker during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Image Credit: AP

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects at the illuminated Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 4, 2010, on the eve of the festival of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhorh Divas or Diwali 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 the famous fort of Gwalior by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in October 1619. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Indian Sikh devotees lights candles at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 5, 2010, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali 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 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
An Indian Sikh devotee lights lamps at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 5, 2010, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali 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 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Indians watch a firecracker during Diwali celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is being celebrated across the country Friday. Image Credit: AP

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Indian Hindu women place earthen lamps during Diwali in Siliguri on November 5, 2010. The Hindu festival of light, Diwali, marks the homecoming of the God Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light and the victory of good over evil. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
People walk past a building decorated for Diwali celebrations in Leicester, central England, November 5, 2010. Hindus decorate their homes and places of worship with lamps or candles and light fireworks during Diwali, the festival of light. REUTERS PICTURES

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Pakistani Hindu play with fireworks during Diwali in Karachi on November 5, 2010. The Hindu festival of light, Diwali, marks the homecoming of the God Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light and the victory of good over evil. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
The Akshardham temple stands illuminated with lamps and light during Diwali, the festival of lights, at Gandhinagar, about 30 kilometers north of Ahmadabad , India, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Hindus across the country are celebrating Diwali Friday. Image Credit: AP

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
An Indian youth watches firecrackers during Diwali in Hyderabad on November 5, 2010. The Hindu festival of light, Diwali, marks the homecoming of the God Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light and the victory of good over evil. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple at dusk in Amritsar on November 5, 2010, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali 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 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. Image Credit: GETTY Images

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
People play with fire crackers to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Gurgaon, India, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. (AP Photo) ** INDIA OUT

Colors of Diwali 2010 in Pictures
A Pakistani Hindu woman lights a lamp during Diwali in Karachi on November 5, 2010. The Hindu festival of light, Diwali, marks the homecoming of the God Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light and the victory of good over evil. Image Credit: GETTY Images



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