Diwali: One festival, many customs
Diwali is not only celebrated by Hindus, it is also an occasion for celebration by Jains and Sikhs (pictured). The Sikhs celebrate Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.
November 6th, 2012
05:21 AM ET

Diwali: One festival, many customs

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.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Hinduism • India • Sikh

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  1. silenceofsoul

    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

    November 11, 2013 at 9:24 am |
  2. Temples in India

    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.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:19 am |
  3. George Patton

    You guys read my mind also. Ditto.

    November 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  4. Saurov

    Count me in tooo.....I had the runs due eating a lot of halwa

    November 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  5. LovUSA

    Me too !!! What a relief

    November 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  6. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    I took a big dump in ganges to celebrate Diwali

    November 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
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