Where the land shelters the people of different religions, it is bound to happen that it celebrates the varied festivals also with equal joy. India is known as the land of festivals. There are festivals state-wise, religion-based and community wise. The festivals celebrated here are a true manifestation of the culture and traditions followed in the country.
Some of the exciting festivals celebrated in the country are:
Celebrated all over the country, Diwali is the prominent Hindu festival. It marks the return of Lord Ram along with his brother Lakshman and wife Sita after the exile of 14 years. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Prior a month to the festival, people start cleaning their house. They decorate the house with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves. People wear new traditional clothes, do Laxmi pooja, meet all near and dear ones and burst crackers in the end. The festival usually falls in October or November.
Known as the festival of colors, it is another important festival that is celebrated throughout the country. Holi is a mainly two-day affair. On the first day, people make huge Holika bonfires and burn it and on the second day, people are seen outside the house applying colors of multiple hues on each other. The Holi is celebrated in remembrance of Prince Prahlad who rescued from his aunt’s (Holika) lap of fire. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. It falls in March and the major attractions of it are dry or wet colors, guns, and balloons filled with watercolors and a drink called thandai.
Another fun-filled festival of India is Navratri. It is celebrated by a large number of people in the country in their ways. It is a 9-day festival and the best celebrations happen in Gujarat. Males and females here get dressed in colorful traditional dresses and perform highly energetic dandiya raas dance. In other parts of the country, people believe in worshipping and keeping fast for 9 days. The festival mainly marks the power and celebration of Goddess Amba in 9 different forms. It generally comes in October.
Revered as the birthday of Lord Krishna, Janmashtmi is a prominent celebration in Northern India. The essence of the festival can be captured in Vrindavan and Mathura which is the actual birthplace of Lord Krishna. The celebration here is out of the world. People decorate the temples, keep fast the whole day, dance, sing bhajans and bring in the birthday at midnight. People move out to see the jhankis (decoration depicting the life of Krishna) and small children usually get dressed up as Lord Krishna this day. The festival falls in August.
5. Durga Pooja
Celebrating the powerful Goddess Durga, the Durga Pooja is a major festival that continues for 10 days. Huge pandals (canopies) along with beautiful Durga idols are made. People dress in traditional wear, especially females get gorgeously dressed in Bengali red-white saree. They hop from pandal to pandal, pray for the well-being and even keep fast. To witness the Durga Pooja celebrations, do visit Kolkata. It is a lifetime experience. The city is decorated beautifully and the celebrations are enhanced by a lot of dancing, singing and the complete involvement of locals. The festival falls in October.
After the 9-day celebration of Goddess Durga, the 10th day marks Dussehra. Dussehra is symbolic of the victory of good over evil, i.e. when Lord Rama killed Ravana. The effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran are put to fire, known as Ravan Dahan. Before this enactment of scenes from Ramayana (Ramlila) happens everywhere for 10 days. The festival is also known as Vijayadashami and falls in October.
7. Ganesh Chaturthi
Birthday of Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is another religious festival of India. It is a colorful 10-day affair where huge Ganesh idols are handcrafted, decorated and in homes or public pandals. People perform pooja in the morning and evening and finally on the 10th day, i.e. the last day, people proceed for Visarjan (immersion of the idol in a water body). This last day calls for a lot of dancing and singing while moving towards the seashore. If you want to feel the fervor of this festival, do visit Mumbai (Maharashtra). The festival falls either in August or September.
Excited to plan your India tour in the month of festivals? Contact the India tour package provider right now and do that. Although the best months to be in India are from October to March, still, if you want to witness the festival fervor here, you can come anytime. Every month a festival is celebrated in the land of diversity.