One of the most spiritual countries in the world, India is known for celebrating plenty of religious and cultural festivals. So, if you are looking forward to visiting a place which can exhibit the coexistence of people belonging to different religions, caste, and culture, India should be on top of your list.
Despite all the differences, the country heads up to celebrate each and every festival with love and harmony. Be it Diwali, Eid-Ul-Fitr (a festival related to Muslims or Sikhs) or a yoga festival, the country never misses on celebrating with the essence of spirituality and solidarity.
Do you want to join? You definitely have to be part of these 5 festivals in India at least once in your lifetime!
Lights, fireworks, and religious ceremonies are the three essentials of the festival known worldwide as Diwali. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Sikh or a Hindu, the festival is celebrated by the majority of the population in India.
The festival of lights is definitely of the biggest festivals in India. Generally falling between mid-October to mid-November, the festival exhibits the true essence of the region with feasts and parties all over the country.
On Diwali, people light their homes with candles, lamps and electric lights. Along with that, people pray to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity. After the puja, people light firecrackers and fly sky lanterns.
2) Durga Puja
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The festival celebrated to honor the unrivaled strength of the Goddess Durga, Durga Puja is celebrated particularly in Kolkata and by the people belonging to Kolkata, spread over the wide horizons of the country. The festival is celebrated for 10 days during Navratri. And, on the last day, Durga visarjan is celebrated where the statues of Durga are immersed in holy water.
People keep fasts for 10 days and perform religious ceremonies. The whole nation lights up with joy and the people always turn up to do something good for others.
3) Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi for over 10 days. The festival is devoted to the celebration of Ganesha’s birthday, holding a very important role in Hindu religion. Also, known as the God of Beginnings, Ganesha puja is done around the world by the people before starting anything important in life.
Another side of the festival is that it’s accompanied by lots of sweets. From the mandatory dish Modak to other luring home-made sweets, the festival is celebrated with immense joy.
Another important aspect of the festival is Ganesh visarjan, in which the idol of Ganesha is immersed in the sea with joy and religious values. This ceremony can be done on the same day after puja, however, people tend to do do it later, which would be known as one and a half day visarjan, 3rd-day visarjan, 5th-day visarjan, and 7th-day visarjan. Anant Chaturdashi is also known as the best day to do Ganesh visarjan.
Festival celebrated by Muslims around the world, Eid-Ul-Fitr is known as the festival for breaking the fast. The three-day festival is celebrated to offer prayers to God. It begins with the first view of the moon and thus, the date of celebration changes every year.
The fest is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month, where individuals break the month-long fast and wish Eid Mubarak (blessed) to everyone around them.
The festival of colors, Holi is known around the world due to its essence of nonpareil celebration style. People celebrate the fest by putting colors on each other and dancing to cheerful music.
The festival is particularly celebrated with four colors, i.e. red, yellow, green, and blue. All these colors hold their own importance as per the religious evidence. Where, red symbolizes love, green means new beginning. Blue represents God Krishna and yellow is all about the color of turmeric, which holds a great place in Indian medicinal references.
People play the festivals with their friends and family members by putting colors on each other. People use water guns and water balloons to splash water on each other. Every face looks colored and bodies drenched in water.
These are just 5 out of numerous festivals that are celebrated in India. But apart from these, festivals like Dussehra, Gurupurab, Pongal, and Christmas, etc. are celebrated with high fervor. So, now you know it, if you are visiting India or want to explore the different cultural and religious horizons of the country, then do not miss on all these festivals.Take a dip in the rich festivities of India and get ready to have a blast!
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