October 23 is a very special day this year for millions of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world. It marks the day of Diwali, the festival of lights, when the victory of light over dark and good over evil is celebrated.
All this week, people everywhere have been preparing for the festival, also known as Deepavali, and enjoying the food, lights and togetherness that come with the special day.
A central tradition of Diwali is the lighting of oil lamps. Firecrackers are also a common sight. Hindus also celebrate the day by cleaning and decorating their homes and distributing sweet treats; Sikhs read from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text; Jains mark the festival by practicing acts of charity, among other traditions.
Scroll down to see photographs of Diwali revelers around the world. Here's wishing you and all your loved ones Shubh Diwali!