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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.