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Fireworks exploded in the night sky on the eve of Diwali in Mumbai,

On Tuesday, India celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, which traditionally commemorates the homecoming of Hindu god Rama after 14 years in exile.

“Deepavali” or “Diwali,” which roughly translates to “a row of lamps,” also marks the beginning of the Hindu new year and is typically celebrated by lighting earthen lamps, exchanging gifts and worshipping Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Apart from the ceremonial lighting of lamps, devotees burn fire crackers on this day, a ritual largely believed to ward off evil spirits.

Government offices, schools, colleges and stock markets are closed in India today.