Diwali 2020: How the festival of lights was celebrated around the world – in pictures

From Dubai to New Delhi, millions celebrated Diwali on Saturday

Around the world, millions of families celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 14.

Homes were lit up and special prayers were said for the Indian festival of lights, which symbolises the victory of good against evil.

Diwali (or Deepavali) is a Hindu celebration that marks the return of Rama (a demigod and protagonist of the epic Ramayana) to his kingdom of Ayodhya, after he defeated the demon king Ravana. The city was lit up with diyas (lamps) to welcome its ruler, a tradition that continues to this day with households lit up to celebrate the five-day festival.

In the lead up to Diwali, homes are thoroughly cleaned (akin to spring cleaning) and decorated with lamps, fairy lights and rangoli drawings etched out in colourful powders on the threshold, in a bid to entice Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.

Fireworks and sweetmeats are other markers of the celebration.

While Diwali celebrations were not quite as grand for a lot of people in 2020 because of the pandemic, many still gathered with friends and family to mark the festival.

Scroll through our gallery above to see how people around the world celebrated marked Diwali