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PHOTOS: Concord residents celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights

  • Hindus in Concord sing and dance outside of the Royal Gardens Apartments celebrate Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Hindus in Concord sing and dance outside of the Royal Gardens Apartments celebrate Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Damanta Timsima (left) and Hema Gautam (left center) pose for Dikshya Bhandari (center right) and Laxmi Khatiwoda (far right) as they walk from the Morning Star Apartments in Concord to the Royal Garden Apartments for Diwali, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012. The girls say they miss celebrating the holiday in their native Nepal where they would be off school and their entire towns would be celebrating, but they are happy to have such a large celebration this year in Concord. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Damanta Timsima (left) and Hema Gautam (left center) pose for Dikshya Bhandari (center right) and Laxmi Khatiwoda (far right) as they walk from the Morning Star Apartments in Concord to the Royal Garden Apartments for Diwali, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012. The girls say they miss celebrating the holiday in their native Nepal where they would be off school and their entire towns would be celebrating, but they are happy to have such a large celebration this year in Concord.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Durga Gautam (center) prays as her husband Narad Gautam makes offerings to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi at the temple in their home in Concord on the Hindu holiday of Diwali; November 13, 2012. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Durga Gautam (center) prays as her husband Narad Gautam makes offerings to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi at the temple in their home in Concord on the Hindu holiday of Diwali; November 13, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Damanta Timsima (left) and Hema Gautam (left center) pose for Dikshya Bhandari (center right) and Laxmi Khatiwoda (far right) as they walk from the Morning Star Apartments in Concord to the Royal Garden Apartments for Diwali, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012. The girls say they miss celebrating the holiday in their native Nepal where they would be off school and their entire towns would be celebrating, but they are happy to have such a large celebration this year in Concord. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Damanta Timsima (left) and Hema Gautam (left center) pose for Dikshya Bhandari (center right) and Laxmi Khatiwoda (far right) as they walk from the Morning Star Apartments in Concord to the Royal Garden Apartments for Diwali, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012. The girls say they miss celebrating the holiday in their native Nepal where they would be off school and their entire towns would be celebrating, but they are happy to have such a large celebration this year in Concord.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hindus in Concord celebrate Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Hindus in Concord celebrate Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Damanta Timsima (right)  and Hema Gautam (left)  carry candles to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Damanta Timsima (right) and Hema Gautam (left) carry candles to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hindus in Concord sing and dance outside of the Royal Gardens Apartments celebrate Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Damanta Timsima (left) and Hema Gautam (left center) pose for Dikshya Bhandari (center right) and Laxmi Khatiwoda (far right) as they walk from the Morning Star Apartments in Concord to the Royal Garden Apartments for Diwali, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012. The girls say they miss celebrating the holiday in their native Nepal where they would be off school and their entire towns would be celebrating, but they are happy to have such a large celebration this year in Concord. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Durga Gautam (center) prays as her husband Narad Gautam makes offerings to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi at the temple in their home in Concord on the Hindu holiday of Diwali; November 13, 2012. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Damanta Timsima (left) and Hema Gautam (left center) pose for Dikshya Bhandari (center right) and Laxmi Khatiwoda (far right) as they walk from the Morning Star Apartments in Concord to the Royal Garden Apartments for Diwali, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012. The girls say they miss celebrating the holiday in their native Nepal where they would be off school and their entire towns would be celebrating, but they are happy to have such a large celebration this year in Concord. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Hindus in Concord celebrate Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Damanta Timsima (right)  and Hema Gautam (left)  carry candles to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the goddess Lakshmi; November 13, 2012.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, was celebrated at the Morning Star apartments in Concord on Tuesday night. The holiday is sacred to Hindus, Jainists and Sikhs and commemorates the triumph over evil.

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