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As part of our series 'CNN Celebrates we’re looking for iReporters' best images of some of the world’s biggest and most exciting events and holidays – including Diwali.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins on November 13 and is celebrated for several days afterward by millions of Hindus across the world as one of the most important events on their spiritual calendar.
The word Diwali itself means 'festival of lamps', because houses and public spaces are decorated with scores of small oil lamps in honor of the goddess Lakshmi, to whom Hindus pray to for success and wealth. Throughout the festival, families purchase new clothes and buy sweets and snacks for themselves, relatives and friends.
To commemorate Diwali, we want to see your best images of the most beautiful festival lights. Send us your images and you could be part of our coverage on CNN. If you are on Instagram - you can take images and tag them #cnncelebrates.
This assignment is now closed. Thank you for your contributions and check out some of your great images in our Diwali gallery.