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Oct. 21, 2014. Indian widows wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in the northern city of Vrindavan.

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21 October Indian widows wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in the northern city of Vrindavan, INDIA.

Festival of lights

Customers shop for lanterns at a roadside Diwali market in Mumbai, India, October REUTERS-Shailesh Andrade

The word “Diwali” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” meaning “row of lights”. While Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the spiritual take is “the awareness of the inner light”. The celebration is “victory of good over evil”. It refers to the light of higher knowledge. On main Diwali day, goddess of wealth, Lakshmi (Laxmi) is worshipped, hence this is festival where people show their richness and offer prayers to goddess Lakshmi to bring prosperity in their…

Diwali festival of lights celebrated by Hindus worldwide (pix) I've always wanted to visit India and I love to show the girls pictures of this truly intoxicating country. CC Check out the program USAC has in India.

A long-tailed macaque naps on a religious statue after eating during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi,  north of Bangkok. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town.

The Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, Thailand, in pictures

In Vrindavan, India, a group of widows break social taboos and celebrate Holi, the festival of colors.

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

In Vrindavan, India, a group of widows break social taboos and celebrate Holi, the festival of colors.

buddhist lanterns

Thailand: Thousands of Sky Lanterns Released to Celebrate Buddhist Festivals of Loi Krathong and Yi Peng [Pictures]

Mexico City could become the Aztec Waterworld if it keeps sinking every year | Fusion

Mexico City Could Become the Aztec Waterworld if It Keeps Sinking Every Year

MEXICO CITY — Seven hundred years ago, ancient Mexicans achieved an ancient engineering marvel: founding the city of Tenochtitlan on top of a lake surrounded by mountains.

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities These farmers grow maize, onions and other vegetables in a city in Ghana. They use groundwater to irrigate their crops.

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