November 11, 2015 / 9:35 PM / 3 years ago

Fireworks marks start of Diwali Festival in India

NEW DELHI - Fireworks, candles and prayer ceremonies marked the start of Diwali, or the festival of lights, in India in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

The ancient festival is one of the largest in India. It also celebrates the legend of the Hindu god Lord Rama, who returned to the city of Ayodhya in northern India after he defeated Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.

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