With the blend of cultures, religions, and languages of people of different castes and communities, India celebrates festivals all around the year. From Navratri and Ed-Ul-Fitar to Christmas, you will see the unity of diversity, even in the festivities of the country. Amongst them, today we have picked some of the most celebrated Festivals in India.
Take a peek of the most celebrated festivals in India:
The festival of Light, Diwali, is one of the most notable Hindu festivals in India. It is a celebration of the victory of light over darkness. Every year, Indians started decorating their houses with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves.
The celebration lasts for a few days. It is the perfect time for a get-together with family and friends. People wear new clothes, participate in family puja, and burst crackers at night. They also visit their relatives and share sweets and other keepsakes.
The festival of colors, Holi, harbors a rich past since ancient times. This is by far one of the most amusing festivals in India. The festivity begins around the end of the winter. On the day before Holi, people make huge Holika bonfires and sing and dance in the evening.
On the day of Holi, people gather in open areas and play with dry and wet colors. Children carry water guns with colored and water-filled balloons. Many people also hold parties in their homes and celebrate the day with their friends and family. They drink bhang, thandai along with gujiya.
3. Durga Puja
As spring comes, every Bengali household welcomes the greatest festival in West Bengal, Durga Puja. If you have not seen the festival, visit the capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata, once.
Durga Puja is nostalgia for every Bengali. People of all ages, gender, and caste celebrate the festival together. They wear new clothes and go pandal hopping with their friends and families. Moreover, it is the best time to try the foods of Bengal.
This famous festival of Gujrat, Navratri, is the same as Durga Puja in West Bengal. The legend of this festival is associated with the grand battle between the powerful demon Mahishasura and Goddess Durga.
In Gujarat, the highlight of this nine-day celebration is Garba nights, an authentic Dandiya Raas dance. People dressed in vibrant traditional clothes dance. The classic food dishes in this festival are Sabudana Khichdi, Mandvi Paak, and more.
After the nine-day celebration ends, the festivity ends with Dusshera. Many states, including Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Karnataka, celebrate the day in their own way.
People come out at night to see the effigies of demon king Ravana. They go to fairs wearing new clothes and eat and drink to their heart’s content.
6. Krishna Janmashtami
Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Vishnu. Every year thousands of devotees crowd the two cities of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, and Vrindavan. People all over India celebrate the festival in their own way.
They visit temples, pray, dance, and sing bhajans at midnight. Those who have small children at home, dress them up like Lord Krishna on this day.
Onam is a 10-day festival in Kerala to celebrate the harvest season and commemorate the mythical King Mahabali. Experience the culture and heritage of Kerala during this celebration.
The celebrations of Onam start on Atham day. People wear traditional dresses with Pookalam. They prepare the authentic dishes of Kerala and participate in Vallamkali, and Kathakali dance.