While the holiday has become hugely popular across Asia, some associate it with cultural or religious imperialism.
A look at the preparations and celebrations associated with the sacred Hindu holiday.
Most of the fireworks exploding in the U.S. skies this weekend will have come from China, the world's largest producer and exporter.
A man looks through a magnifying glass inside a six-story-high, LED-based decorated Christmas tree in front of Ion shopping mall on Singapore's Orchard Road on December 11, 2010.
South Korean volunteers in Santa Claus outfits wave before going out to hand out Christmas gifts to prematurly born babies in Seoul on December 2, 2010.
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