of India are gems in the crown of Indian culture. They exude the ways India
expresses its most colorful beauty. Festivals are celebrated round the years
with great enthusiasm and gaiety. They reflect religious, cultural as well
as seasonal diversity of the country. People say India has more festival
than the days in a years. That is why, you will also see several festivals
celebrated simultaneously. It has a complete mosaic of festivals and fairs.
Some festivals are celebrated in connections with the change in season, the
birthdays of God and Goddess, prophets and saints, great historical
happenings or of religious reasons. Further more, each regions has its
different calender and special occasions to celebrate. Roads and houses are
cleaned and decorated, they are made shining with lights. Markets and shops
are crowded for festival shoppings. New attire, dance, music and rituals-all
add unique and joyful to Indian festivals. Some popular festivals which you
should enjoy during your tour to India include
Diwali (The Festival of Lights)
Diwali is the most popular festival among all Hindu festivals. The kind of
celebration and festive mood on this occasion can hardly be seen in another
day of the year. It is celebrated to commemorate the arrival of Lord Rama to
Ayodhaya. Houses are lit with earthen pot and candles.
Holi (The festival of colour)
This is a harvest festival celebrated after passing the chilly winter. With
the arrival of Holi, People starts arranging functions and parties. On the
day of festival, people use lovely colours symbolizing the end of hate and
jealousy. It is a festival of love.
Raksha Bhandan is a festival to strengthen the bond and relationship
between brother and sister. Sister ties a holy thread around her brother's
wrist and takes a commitment from her brother that he will always protect
her and help her in the hours of need.
Bhai-Duj festival is observed on the second day after Diwali all over the
country. It symbolizes the eternal love between brother and sister. Sister
worships of Gods and Goddess for the long day and pray the prosperity and
success of her brothers. She apply tilak on his forehead and brother
promises to provide a life long protection to his sister.
is widely celebrated all over the county. It is observed on the 10th day of
the waxing moon during the Hindu month of Ashvin (September /October). It
symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over 10-headed demon Ravana.
Eid Ul Fitr
Eid Ul Fitar is biggest Muslim festival celebrated on the completion of one
month fasting in Ramadan. Widely believed, Allah gave this festival to
righteous people who fasted till one month on His order. Collective prayers
and aftermath celebration make great attractions.
Baisakhi Festival is one of the great festival in north India and more
especially in Panjab. It is celebrated to show thanks to God for the
production of the rabi crop, the first harvest of the year.
Durga Puja is the most popular festival of Bengal, though it is widely
celebrated in all parts of north Indian. Special worships of Goddess Durga
is held. Her images are installed at every corners of Kolkata and roads and
streets are overwhelmed with devotees.