By Naomi Canton, for CNN
(CNN) - Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India - but the colorful customs and meanings associated with it can vary dramatically depending on whether you reside in the countryside or the city.
On the streets of densely populated conurbations like Mumbai, Diwali - popularly known as the Festival of Lights - is often a raucous affair, marked by a cacophony of firecrackers on the streets and a flourish of ceremonial gambling in the home. The wealthier urban dwellers splurge on gold, jewelry, clothes and expensive gifts such as electronics, which they buy for themselves and their loved ones.
The Self is hidden in the hearts of all, as butter lies hidden in cream. Realize the Self in the depths of meditation; The Lord of Love, supreme reality, who is the goal of all knowledge. This is the highest mystical teaching. – From the Shveteshvatara Upanishad
The festival of lights is one of the most popular festival across India. Although legends say it is a Hindu festival, this is one festival which is celebrated across all communities in India. Everyone lights up their home, sweets are distributed to friends and family.
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Count me in tooo.....I had the runs due eating a lot of halwa
Me too !!! What a relief
I took a big dump in ganges to celebrate Diwali
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