Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in India and around the world, is dedicated to the triumph of goodness over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It honours the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and the legend of Rama and Sita. Festivities include decorating houses and public spaces with thousands of lights, candles and colourful designs. Fireworks, family gathering and gift giving also form part of the celebrations. Here is alook at the best pictures of Diwali.
Hundreds took to the streets in Leicester to join in the celebrations
Pakistani Hindus celebrate Diwali with fireworks in Karachi
A Pakistani Hindu woman lights candles during Diwali celebrations at a local temple in Lahore, Pakistan
People watch a firecracker light up during Diwali celebrations in New Delhi, India
The illuminated Sikh shrine Golden temple in Amritsar