Floral artists (left-right) Richard Bragg, Harriet Sargent and James Buswell put the finishing touches to a 9x9m rangoli-style flower installation in the fountain at Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, made with over 6,000 flowers to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light. Photo Matt Alexander/PA
A police officer sprinkles coloured powder onto a police dog at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School during a dog worship day as part of the Diwali festival
A street vendor spreads vermilion powder which is used for worship during Diwali in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Indian potter Chelimila Veera Swamy makes earthen pots or ‘diyas’ ahead of the forthcoming Diwali festival on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India.
A masked dancer performs to a drumbeat during the Newari New Year parade that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu on Friday
A cow is garlanded and offered food during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, on Thursday.
Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Lamps are sold in large numbers during the festival of lights, as people use them to decorate their homes. Diwali will be observed this year on October 23.
A potter in Amritsar, India, paints earthenware lamps ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival.
An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or ‘diyas’ on the outskirts of Hyderabad, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.