Indian school girls lighting candles as they sit near a "Rangoli", which is made out of coloured powder during pre Diwali celebration at a school in Amritsar
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Diwali: Hindu celebrations under way worldwide

13 November 2012 Last updated at 12:47 GMT

Thousands of homes and shops have been decorated with lights as Hindus across the world start celebrating Diwali.

Firecrackers are also set off as the annual five-day festival of light which honours the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, gets into full swing.

Yogita Limaye reports from Mumbai.