Diwali is a joyous occasion for many Hindus who celebrate the festival of lights in India. But some people skirt the law, launching firecrackers that significantly contributes to lower air quality.
Millions of Indians thronged crowded bazaars for shopping, bringing back the Diwali cheer that was dampened during the last two years due to coronavirus restrictions.
In addition to the Hindutva ideology, the demonisation of Muslims is a useful distraction for those in power.
Hundreds of millions of Indians celebrating the biggest Hindu holiday Diwali but there are concerns about how holidays may lead to an even greater spread of coronavirus.
Diwali, or the festival of lights, is observed by Hindus around the world every year with oil lamps, fireworks, prayers and songs as well as the exchange of gifts and sweets to mark the triumph of good over evil.
Chief minister of northern Uttar Pradesh state, Yogi Adityanath, receives a certificate from Guinness World Record officials who monitored the attempt in the state's Ayodhya city with drone cameras.
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