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Labour of lights

The Hindu festival of light, Diwali, marks the homecoming of Hindu god Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light and the victory of good over evil. Hindus across India will celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, on Oct. 26.

 

A potter makes earthen lamps ahead of the Hindu Diwali festival in Jodhpur on October 12, 2011. ? AFP
A potter makes earthen lamps ahead of the Hindu Diwali festival in Jodhpur on October 12, 2011. ? AFP
A potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad, India. ? AP
A potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad, India. ? AP
A man assembles firecrackers at a workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Workers in this cottage industry are preparing fireworks ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali which falls on October 26. The longer monsoon in Gujarat state, the rise in raw materials, labour and less time to dry firecrackers will result in a 40 per cent rise in firecracker prices compared to last year. ? AFP
A man assembles firecrackers at a workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Workers in this cottage industry are preparing fireworks ahead of the Hindu festival Diwali which falls on October 26. The longer monsoon in Gujarat state, the rise in raw materials, labour and less time to dry firecrackers will result in a 40 per cent rise in firecracker prices compared to last year. ? AFP
A man checks polyester thread kept for drying to make artificial garlands ahead of the Diwali festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad October 11, 2011. Artificial garlands are sold in large numbers during Diwali, when people buy these to decorate their homes. ? Reuters
A man checks polyester thread kept for drying to make artificial garlands ahead of the Diwali festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad October 11, 2011. Artificial garlands are sold in large numbers during Diwali, when people buy these to decorate their homes. ? Reuters
A potter makes an earthen lamp at a workshop for the upcoming Diwali festival in Kolkata. ? Reuters
A potter makes an earthen lamp at a workshop for the upcoming Diwali festival in Kolkata. ? Reuters
A potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad. ? AP
A potter makes earthen lamps for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad. ? AP
A labourer arranges earthen lamps ahead of Diwali in Kolkata, India. ? AP
A labourer arranges earthen lamps ahead of Diwali in Kolkata, India. ? AP
A potter woman carries earthen lamps for drying for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad, India. ? AP
A potter woman carries earthen lamps for drying for the upcoming Diwali festival in Allahabad, India. ? AP

Comments (2) (Closed)


Vishwas
Oct 17, 2011 03:06pm
Great Collection of pics. Just wanted to share that the earthen pot shown above are not actually lamps. These are used to store dry eateries made from various cereals such as Wheat and Rice. Only the first pic depicts a lamp, rest are all pots/utensils.
Bhikhu Mhatre
Oct 17, 2011 03:18pm
Nice pics. It tells the story.