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Festival of Lights
Lyon, France residents and tourists celebrated a scaled-down version of the Festival of Lights, an annual celebration for more than 150 years.
The municipality canceled the event in light of the Paris attacks in November. Those who attended the unofficial festival this year dedicated the event to the victims of the attacks.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a five-day Hindu festival of lights that this year begins Nov. 3. The holiday is often associated with India but it is also observed in countries across Europe and Asia. It covers a lot of bases, including the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new financial year for Indian businesses.