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Festivals In India You Just Can’t Miss

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Festivals In India You Just Can’t Miss

 

India, a realm of its own where festivities never stop, that makes existing here way more colorful and joyous. Being a country with a vast cultural background, India celebrates the authentic essence of life through several festivals. There are plenty of artistic, spiritual and grub festivals that go around the year but these are the ultimate ones that one should never fail to be a part of when in India.

 

  1. Diwali

Primarily called the festival of Light, Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated all over the country to express happiness on the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. People relish this by beginning the day with prayers wearing new clothes, drawing colorful rangolis, burning crackers, sharing gifts and sweets with the loved ones. 

People decorate their houses with gleaming diyas that shine bright and with garlands of electric lights. On this day, people also worship goddess Lakshmi who is considered as an icon of wealth and prosperity in Hindu mythology. This is an auspicious festival where everyone comes together to enlighten life and fight with darkness.

 

2.Holi

A festival of wholesome colors, fun, and companions. This commonly falls in the month of March and is considered as one of the most enjoyable celebrations. Holi ka Dahan takes place a day before the main event where all the negativity and evil are simmered in a bonfire. On the primary day, people play with organic colors, splashing water balloons at each other and all the mischievous games and pranks bring happiness amongst the people. Grooving on the melodies and enjoying the munchies like Gujiya, Mathris, and Thandai are the specialties of this carnival. So, just drench yourself in colors and celebrate the exhilaration of playing with your loved ones! 

 

3. Durga Puja

This is one of the major events adored in the eastern and northeastern parts (mostly amongst Bengalis) of India. It’s a 10 days’ ritual in a broader philosophy. 

Filled in all the enormous pandals are massively ornated idols of goddess Durga, streets full of bright lights and the scrumptious bites. And people sure relish every bit of it. Every year people hold competitions for the best pandals, idols and puja themes among the neighborhood. And in all the jovial mood they perform different dances and musical games. On the last day of the festival, Durga idols are taken to the nearby rivers for ritual immersion. It’s a once in a lifetime shot to observe a festival in the soul of its existence.

 

4. Ganesh Chaturthi

This sensational festival is celebrated mainly in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat in honor of Lord Ganesha’s birth, famously worshiped for his ability to remove impediments and bring good fortune. Each and everyone enjoys this festival, many cultural activities like singing and dancing and performances are featured. The artisans put a lot of month’s worth of effort into making these idols and pandals. On the last day of the festival, the statues are paraded through the streets and then immersed in the ocean. During these days the streets are filled with the end number of people who visit these pandals to have a glimpse of the statues.

 

5. Eid-Ul-Fitr

It’s a leading festival for Muslims in India, a holy celebration that marks the end of Ramadan the most sacred month of the year according to the Islamic calendar. In the month of Ramadan, people fast from dawn to sunset and indulge themselves to prayers because it is believed that man gives up on his vices while on the journey that is believed to bring him closer to Allah. People visit mosques wearing new clothes and prepare delicacies. The day ends with joyous feasting with family and friends.

 

6. Onam

The harvest festival of south India, it is one of the most ritualistic celebrations for the rich harvest season of the year. The festival is the commemoration of the Vishnu Avatar- Vamana and the homecoming of King Mahabali. It’s a colorful affair where women wear mesmerizing white and golden border sarees and deck up their houses with beautiful flower garlands. This festival is also marked with great Kathakali dance performances and theatricals.

 

 

7. Hornbill

The lesser-known festival of festivals held in Nagaland. Hornbill is one of the enormous festivals in northeast India. It’s an exclusive folk festival that lasts for 7 days for the tribes of Nagaland involving a lot of engaging events such as kid’s carnival, floral galleria, craft bazaar, and games. Colorful headgears, warrior log drums, finely detailed costumes are primary highlights of this festival. The Nagaland state tourism organizes this festival to exhibit the ethnicity and culture of the land and also to increase interaction among the tribal and indegenious groups.

 

5 Best Places for Street Food in India

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When it comes to street food, there’s no denying the fact that India’s the place to be. India is one impressive nation where every state, every city has its own forte of street foods. Starting from Amritsar, Punjab to Andhra Pradesh and Kerala our wide variety of savory – quick yet budget-friendly street food is well known to give you the hunger pangs long after you’re gone from here. 

Having a bite of these scrumptious delights should be in every foodie’s bucket list. We say a bite because we won’t have to do much after that. You’ll want to come for more yourself. So, here is a list of the best places for street food in India that everyone should try at least once when here:

 

  1. Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of India is the hub of street foods. If you are truly in quest for amazing street food, it would require you to move around in the narrow by-lanes and indulge yourself furthermore. The street food in Delhi is sure to satiate your inner foody (even if you ain’t one).

Lip-smacking delicacies like Chole Bhature, Chaats, Bhalla Chaat, Bhelpuri, Ram Laddoo, Samosas, Kebabs are really common around here. Delhi is also rich in a wide variety of Momos (Dimsums) which is essentially a North Eastern dish.

Delhi in itself has so many different places and at every place, they have their own variety of street food.

Delhi holds a lot of food festivals and carnivals like the Grub Fest, Horn OK Please, and other festivals where you can indulge yourself in absolute divine tastes.

 

2. Kolkata

Savour yourself some inexpensive food, sweetmeats, and fine dining all in a single city? Here comes ‘the city of joy’ to your rescue! It’s an avenue of street appetites along with a rich history of culture, literature, and art.

Kolkata is famous for its street food dishes like Phuchkas, Ghugni Chaat, Kabiraji Cutlet, Ghouti Gorom, Jhal Muri etc. The streets of Kolkata are filled up with a lineup of savories which are going to satiate your soul. 

China Town in Kolkata can be your morning place. You can have breakfasts that’ll kickstart your morning that no other thing ever will. Pak Street has a wide variety of Rolls. So you know what we’re talking about, just have at it!

 

3. Lucknow

Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs (Royals) is famous for its Mughlai cuisines and that’s pretty apparent in its streets as well. If you’re looking for relishing spicy and meaty food (all non-vegetarian), Lucknow is the place for you. Tandoori (grilled) food is something you wouldn’t want to miss.

With amazing taste, crispy outer layer and soft filling, spicy kebabs are meant to rule the streets of Lucknow. The street food in Lucknow ranges from a wide range of kebabs (Tunde Kebabs, Galouti Kebabs etc.) to all other common north indian street foods. 

A very cool place called Hazratganj is really a hub for all sorts of street food. A visit to this particular place, and you won’t come back home disappointed.

 

4. Mumbai

Mumbai is all about finding space, so anything you can fit inside a paav is edible. Amchi Mumbai runs on this Indian version of burger i.e Vada pav with ginger-rich masala tea. Starting from Sev Puri, Bun muska, Bombil fry to even Tandoori delicacies,Mumbai has places you’d have a food experience you would wish to experience again and again.  “Misal pav” a close cousin of pav bhaji is a sandwich where a spicy potato mix with different chutneys is kept between really soft Indian buns with some curry to die for, is a must try. This street delight is totally yum for your tum! Definitely grab a bite if you are in Mumbai and if your hunger pangs ever bother you.

 

5. Kerala

The lesser known street foods are all over the south of India and especially in Kerala. Having a delightful bite for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians, this state provides you some really appetising delicacies. Seafood comprises most of the street food in Kerala. Starting from Fish to Prawn, the streets of Kerala is full of spicy seafood nibbles.

Amongst Kerala’s many specialities, spices are one. Kerala is one of India’s largest producers for spices. And the spices are absolutely visible in the tastes that Kerala’s street food holds. 

Once had South Indian street food, next time onwards, you are sure to be able to recognise it from far due to its distinctive taste and smell.