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In Pictures: Reinventing Diwali traditions

Potters in India are struggling against Chinese competition during Diwali, the festival of lights.

Showkat Shafi | | Arts & Culture, India, Asia, Diwali

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is the biggest festival celebrated by Indians across the world. People from all walks of life decorate their homes with diyas (earthen lamps) and candles.

The festival has witnessed a boom in imported plastic products from China which are flooding the Indian market.

The influx of these products made of plastic, popularly termed as "Chinese", are being sold everywhere. Many say that these products are affecting the livelihood of potters who have been associated with the craft of producing earthen lamps for generations.

Al Jazeera spoke to the artisans and their customers to hear their views on the invasion of these new products in the market and the challenge that they are trying to overcome.

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