Festival is an integral part of any religion, and region. India especially is a land of diverse festivals. There is an event celebrated almost every month in one corner of the country. A number of festivals are celebrated almost all across the country. Festivals are the times to celebrate and enjoy and to make merry.
It is the time to meet family and friends. It is the time when you forget everything and join hands to become part of a particular festival. There are different types of events and occasions which are celebrated in different fashion across the country. You will be amazed by the diversity and the many colorful and interesting ways the events are celebrated.
India is home to a variety of religions. It is a land steeped in tradition - where people celebrate more than one religion and find harmony in this immense cultural diversity. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, and Islam are the dominant religions which is prevalent.
Some of the very popular festivals in India are Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj, Dussera, Diwali, Eid, Holi, Christmas, Onam, Pongal, Durga Puja, and Baisakhi Festival. Gaiety, color, prayers, offerings, and rituals characterize any festival. You will enjoy yourself thoroughly if you are part of any Indian festivals.
To really get the feel of any celebration you need to be an active part of the occasion so that you get the true feel of the frenzy and merry making which abounds all types of gala whether you are in any part of the world.
There are different types of occasions which provide entertainment to you. During the times of celebration you feel that you are united with your community. Festivals bind many people together. Family members fly down from different parts of the world to meet each other at these times. Throughout the year people are busy in their mundane lives but the time of festivity and enjoyment is the when everyone comes together to be with their near and dear ones. During the celebration time people start cleaning up their houses, decorate the houses with colored lights or diyas. This is again specific to particular religion and occasions.
This festival is celebrated which symbolizes the eternal love between brother and sisters. The sister prays for the long life of the brothers and the brother in return promises to protect his sister. The festival is held two days after Diwali.
Dussera is one of the most popular festivals which is celebrated across India. One of the most important festivals of India it is celebrated around the month of September and October. The legend goes with this event that on this day Lord Rama had killed Ravana the king of Lanka.
Time for color and joy, Holi is celebrated when we all are awaiting the sunny weather again. On this day people put colors on each other and have fun.
This festival is indispensable to the state of Punjab. This is a time when people celebrate after the hard labor they have put in for the production of crops.
This is a celebration of harvest and falls on the month of Chingam which is according to the Malayalam calendar. It is celebrated with much gaiety and pomp.
It is the festival of lights. It is a very popular event among all Hindus and is celebrated with much fan fare. This also has much mythological significance added to it.
Most popular to Bengalis this event is celebrated all across the country. It is celebrated during the months of September and October. Goddess Durga is worshipped in this festival.
Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the 25th December. Gifts, cookies and cakes are an essential part of the merry making in this celebration.
Eid Ul Fitr
It is one of the biggest Indian festivals among the Muslims. It is a very significant event among the Muslims and is celebrated after the month of Ramzan which is the month for fasting.
This is another event which focuses on the harvest. It is close to the farming community. Pongal as they believe brings good luck and fortune.