Lights across the border

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with jubilation and enthusiasm as one of the biggest Hindu festivals. People decorate their homes with flowers and Diyas (earthen lamps), celebrate the homecoming of the Lord Ram after vanquishing the deman king Ravana and honour the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

Dawn.com brings snapshots from celebrations held across the borders in Pakistan and India.

 

A Pakistani woman lights earthen oil lamp on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi on October 26, 2011. ? AFP
A Pakistani woman lights earthen oil lamp on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi on October 26, 2011. ? AFP
Indian children light fireworks in New Delhi, on October 26, 2011, for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. ? AFP
Indian children light fireworks in New Delhi, on October 26, 2011, for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. ? AFP
Pakistanis look at fireworks on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi on October 26, 2011. ? AFP
Pakistanis look at fireworks on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi on October 26, 2011. ? AFP
Pakistani children wave sparklers on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi. ? AFP
Pakistani children wave sparklers on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi. ? AFP
Indian Sikh devotees Gurmeet Singh (R) and Puneet Kaur light lamps as they pay their respects at the illuminated Sikh Shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 26, 2011, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. ? AFP
Indian Sikh devotees Gurmeet Singh (R) and Puneet Kaur light lamps as they pay their respects at the illuminated Sikh Shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 26, 2011, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. ? AFP
A Pakistani woman lights earthen oil lamps on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi. ? AFP
A Pakistani woman lights earthen oil lamps on the occasion of Diwali in Karachi. ? AFP
Indian Sikh devotees watch a fireworks display above Sikhism
Indian Sikh devotees watch a fireworks display above Sikhism's holiest shrine The Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 26, 2011, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. ? AFP
An Indian man light lamps at Akshardham temple on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights, at Gandhinagar, about 30 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. ? AP
An Indian man light lamps at Akshardham temple on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights, at Gandhinagar, about 30 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. ? AP

Comments (15) (Closed)


The Rungs of A Ladde
Oct 27, 2011 12:01pm
Beautiful, Pakistan is home to different cultures, religions and traditions!
Sundaresh
Oct 27, 2011 01:04pm
Awesome, Thanks DAWN for the photos.. Happy Deepawali..
Manish
Oct 27, 2011 03:19pm
With gleam of Diyas And the Echo of the Chants May Happiness and Contentment Fill Your life Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Diwali! to all my pakistani Brothers and sisters..
syam
Oct 27, 2011 05:29pm
Many thanks for your well wishes. Wish your country prosperous with health and wealth.
G Thakur
Oct 27, 2011 06:58pm
Let Diwali lighten up the lives of all of us. Let sound of crackers replace other sounds. Happy Diwali.
Gajanand Thakur
Oct 27, 2011 07:13pm
May this Diwali lights remove all misconceptions among us. May we become enlightened enough to embrace each other as human beings.
jagjit sidhoo
Oct 27, 2011 07:41pm
Happy Diwali to all Pakistan's
Raj Dheer
Oct 27, 2011 09:48pm
I congratulate you for Diwali picture showing celebrations by Hindus the world over. What was even more heart warming was a Pakistani sister in Karachi lighting the Diyas. I commend this secular sentiment display by a leading Daily in Pakistan. Thank you and wishing prosperity to my Pakistani friends on this festive occasion.
Ikramuddin Akbar
Oct 27, 2011 10:09pm
This festival is as illuminous as its name is. A happy Divali to all Indians and Pakistani Hindus and for me an evocative too.
Shoaib
Oct 27, 2011 10:15pm
Happy Diwali to everyone :)
usman
Oct 28, 2011 04:12am
Much love to our hindu brothers and sisters in Pakistan.
B.G.S.Rao
Oct 28, 2011 11:58am
Happy to see the report in Dawn.Wishing all pakistani Hindus a happy DIWALI.
kaushik
Oct 28, 2011 01:06pm
Hi. Wishing all our Pakistani Brothers and Sisters a very happy, healthly, peaceful year to come.
rohit
Oct 30, 2011 10:38am
happy deepawli to all the hindus
MAHENDRA
Nov 10, 2011 06:48pm
Amazed to see the Pakistani Media coverage for Deepawali festival. It is actually a festival joy and happiness so I wish Happy Diwali to all Brothers and sisters of Pakistan and rest of the world.