believe in constant celebration of life so 'events' in India mean nothing
but festivals and fairs. Very rich and diverse culture of this multi-faceted
country makes India a land of festivals and fairs. Almost every day of the
year is celebrated as a festival here. Some of these festivals are
celebrated as a welcome of seasons, the rains, the full moon or the harvest.
Religious occasions, birthdays of saints, and gurus (revered teachers) or
divine beings, or the advent of the new year are also celebrated as
festivals. Many of these festivals are very popular among Indians. Even if
different names may be used for them or the way of celebration many vary
some how. As these festivals are celebrated by varied cultures and through
their special rituals, these add to the colours of Indian heritage. Some of
the important festivals in India are as follows.
This is the most important national event of India. Celebrated on January
26th every year, this festival unites whole of the country with patriotic
fervor. Way back in 1950 on this very day Indian constitution came into
force and India became a truly sovereign and democratic republic. A grand
procession in Delhi is the main attraction of Republic Day.
in February/March, Holi is the most colourful festival of this country.
Celebrating the beginning of spring and death of demoness Holika, Holi is,
in fact, is the celebration of joy and hope. This festival of colours brings
an opportunity to let off some steam and settle old scores in a playful
Held four times very twelve years, this riverside festival is known for its
crowd, largest in the world. Sacred site festivals in India are called
melas. These are a vital part of the pilgrimage tradition of Hinduism.
Held at Famous Jagannath Temple at Puri (Orissa), this chariot festival is
celebrated for eight days. Thousands of devout Hindus reach Puri during this
festival with the firm belief that even the glimpse of Lord Jagannath on
chariot gives salvation.
of Light Deepawali is one of the most important festivals of
Hindus. Devoted to Mother Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth), Deepawali marks the
victory of light over darkness. Light here means knowledge and darkness
Festival of Dussera is celebrated in many parts of the country with great
fanfare in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and West Bengal in
slightly different forms. The most important festival in India, Dussera
symbolizes the defeat of Ravana by lord Rama and the triumph of warrior
Goddess Durga over buffalo demon, Mahishasura.
Popularly known as the 'Festival of the Breaking of th Fast', Id-Ul-Fitr is
celebrated as soon as the new moon is sighted at the end of the month of
fasting, Ramadan. Intended to be a festive and joyous occasion, special
foods and delicacies are prepared for the day and are distributed among
friends and neighbours.