FESTIVALS OF INDIA AND SOME FACTS OF THESE FESTIVALS
India is popular for being a highly religious country all over the world. While it personifies harmony in diversity, and there are numerous communities with varied beliefs and religious practices in India. So in a big country like this, there are so many festivals in almost every month of the year. surely you will come across at least 1 festival each day, in some corner of this nation. So, if you want to pick and observe the celebrations of the most popular festivals in India, how would you do it..? Well, here’s some help for you. We’ve listed below the 8 best festivals in India that keep its spirit alive.
Holi comes in springsl also known as the festival of colors and festival of love. The celebrations begin on the night before Holi with the burning of Holika(holika dehen) bonfire. many sing and dance around the bonfire. Next morning, is a carnival of colors, where people chase each other with dry powdered colors and colored water(playing with colors). children are seen running around with water guns.
2. Ramzan Eid
This is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The end of Ramadan which is the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is a single day during which Muslims do not fast. In India, Muslims generally visit bazars and malls for Eid shoppings. Women apply Mehndi on their hands and feet and wear jewelery and new cloths. presents are exchanged within the family and close relatives. Meat stew, biryani and sevaiya are the most popular food items to cook on Eid.
3. Ganesh Chaturthi
This is a Hindu festival celebrated in the honor of Lord Ganesha, mostly in the south India. The date on which the celebrations out-set usually fall between August and September. This festival lasts for 10 days, the last day is called Anant Chatrdashi. Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the establishment of Ganesh idols at home or in a pandal. People decorate their homes to welcome the Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival in Maharashtra and one must certainly visit Mumbai during the festive season to witness the grandeur of the festival.
Onam is a popular Hindu festival celebrated by the kerala people. It generally comes in August-September and marks the emblazonment of Vamana avatara of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the fictional King Mahabali who is considered as a king by the Malayalees. All over the state of Kerala.. music, dance, traditional cuisine mark this harvest festival. Onam Sadya is a big part of the festival, in which Keralites attempt to make at least 26 or more traditional dishes, which served on plantain leaves.
5. Raksha Bandhan
This is a Hindu festival which celebrates the love and bond between brother and sister. This festival is not just for Hindus alone and is celebrated by Jains, Sikhs and Muslims too. On this day, sisters tie a Rakhi (sacred thread) on their brother’s wrist and give blessings for his well-being. This exchange marks the lifelong oath by the brother to protect his sister.
6. Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami(Gokulashtami) is the celebration of the birth of Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Hindus celebrate this festival by having a fast and staying up till midnight,its the time when Krishna was born. Some people read the holy scripture, Bhagavad Gita written by Krishna. Dahi Handi is done by people.. This is based on the legend that says..child God Krishna used to steal butter in this way and they acts like that every year. The celebrations vary in different parts of the country.
7. Navratri/Durga Puja
This is a 9 day festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The 10th day is referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. Navratri celebrations in Gujarat are quite popular. People perform garba which is a dance form on all 9 nights. The last 4 days of Navratri are dramatic especially in the West Bengal, where they celebrate Durga Puja during this time. Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the states of Assam, Bihar, Odisha, jharkhand, Manipur, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday also.
Diwali, it is the most popular and big festival of India and is celebrated in autumn(oct-nov) every year. The festival rituals extend over a 5 day period. Before the celebrations, people clean and decorate their houses as they believe the god will come to their homes so it should be clean and decorated. Hindus dress up and light up diyas inside and outside their home. The rituals vary in every state, but bursting fire crackers is a popular thing which is almost done in every state, almost everywhere in India.