Photos: It isn’t just Diwali, October’s got the world all lit up

As India prepares for its own ‘Festival of Lights’ in the form of Diwali on October 19th, the month as a whole has seen celebrations of light through festivals, art and installations in various parts of the world.

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The Berlin Cathedral is seen illuminated during the Festival of Lights in Germany. This ten-day event, which concluded on October 15, transformed Berlin into a giant space of light art and creative installations. (Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters)

The Berlin Cathedral is seen illuminated during the Festival of Lights in Germany. This ten-day event, which concluded on October 15, transformed Berlin into a giant space of light art and creative installations. (Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters)

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A visitor is surrounded by a light installation during the 7th International Vilnius Light Festival ‘Beepositive 2017’ in Lithuania. This lighting, design and installation festival is held every year in autumn with every Beepositive visitor not just as a guest, but also a participant. (Petras Malukas / AFP)

A visitor is surrounded by a light installation during the 7th International Vilnius Light Festival ‘Beepositive 2017’ in Lithuania. This lighting, design and installation festival is held every year in autumn with every Beepositive visitor not just as a guest, but also a participant. (Petras Malukas / AFP)

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Visitors dance under a dome while browsing the ‘Luminarium’ designed by artist Alan Parkinson as part of the ‘Architects of Air’ installation at Washington Park for the BLINK festival in downtown Cincinnati. (John Minchillo / AP)

Visitors dance under a dome while browsing the ‘Luminarium’ designed by artist Alan Parkinson as part of the ‘Architects of Air’ installation at Washington Park for the BLINK festival in downtown Cincinnati. (John Minchillo / AP)

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Light projections featuring flamingos cover the facade of the ‘Palais am Festungsgraben’ on the last day of the yearly Festival of Lights in Berlin. (John Macdougall / AFP)

Light projections featuring flamingos cover the facade of the ‘Palais am Festungsgraben’ on the last day of the yearly Festival of Lights in Berlin. (John Macdougall / AFP)

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A boy enjoys a ride on a human-powered illuminated carousel during the Thadinkyut festival in Yangon. Myanmar’s festival of lights, known locally as the Thadingyut festival, is held during the full moon of the lunar month of Thadingyut. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

A boy enjoys a ride on a human-powered illuminated carousel during the Thadinkyut festival in Yangon. Myanmar’s festival of lights, known locally as the Thadingyut festival, is held during the full moon of the lunar month of Thadingyut. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Women light incense sticks for prayer during the Thadingyut full moon day festival (festival of lights) at the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)

Women light incense sticks for prayer during the Thadingyut full moon day festival (festival of lights) at the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)

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Performers take part in the illuminated Night Carnival Parade, a feature of the annual ‘Light Night Leeds’ festival of visual arts in Leeds, England. The festival features projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances in the centre of the city. (Oli Scarff / AFP)

Performers take part in the illuminated Night Carnival Parade, a feature of the annual ‘Light Night Leeds’ festival of visual arts in Leeds, England. The festival features projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances in the centre of the city. (Oli Scarff / AFP)

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People gather in front of an installation during the 2017 Signal Festival, an annual light show in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival is billed as the biggest cultural event in the Czech Republic. (David W Cerny / Reuters)

People gather in front of an installation during the 2017 Signal Festival, an annual light show in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival is billed as the biggest cultural event in the Czech Republic. (David W Cerny / Reuters)

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People watch a light object called ‘The Museum of the Moon’ created by British artist Luke Jerram, which was displayed at the Medical Garden during the White Night festival in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Museum of the Moon will also be presented in Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong till October 31, 2017. (Joe Klamar / AFP)

People watch a light object called ‘The Museum of the Moon’ created by British artist Luke Jerram, which was displayed at the Medical Garden during the White Night festival in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Museum of the Moon will also be presented in Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong till October 31, 2017. (Joe Klamar / AFP)

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People watch as the Swiss House of Parliament is illuminated during a light show titled ‘Rendez-vous Bundesplatz’ in the Swiss capital, Bern. The show will run twice every evening until November 25, 2017. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP)

People watch as the Swiss House of Parliament is illuminated during a light show titled ‘Rendez-vous Bundesplatz’ in the Swiss capital, Bern. The show will run twice every evening until November 25, 2017. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP)

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A girl poses with angel wings and a halo at a light festival in Beijing, China. The installation in a shopping mall is a creative attempt at drawing in visitors by creating a friendly atmosphere. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

A girl poses with angel wings and a halo at a light festival in Beijing, China. The installation in a shopping mall is a creative attempt at drawing in visitors by creating a friendly atmosphere. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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