Festivals of India
Indian festivals are both colorful and extremely
joyous. People enjoy the festivals with family and friends. The
religious significance of the festivals too can hardly be denied.
Here are some of the very popular festivals that take place throughout
Maharashtra is the place where you should be at
Ganesh Chaturthi. The preparation of the event starts much before
the actual festival and the magnitude of the preparation is to be
seen to believe. The huge idols of Lord Ganesha are worshipped almost
everywhere. The whole city is decorated dazzling light.
On the last day of the festival a long procession of the devotees
take the deity for immersion with the beating of drums in tune with
the devotional songs. more...
The first day of the Hindu New Year is marked by
Baisakhi, a festival celebrating bountiful harvest. This festival
has special significance in all those areas where agriculture is
a way of life. In Punjab, the occasion is marked with wild celebrations.
Bhangra dancers perform with gusto. The energy and vigor of the
people can be seen in their joyous dance and merriment. In West Bengal
the day also marks the beginning of Bengali new year. more...
Diwali – The Festival Of Light
If Holi is the celebration of color, Diwali is
the celebration of light. According to the legend, the people of
Ayodhya lit lamps to celebrate the victorious return of Prince Rama
after defeating the terrible demon Ravana. The celebration, however,
is not limited to lighting lamps. Now-a-days, Diwali is an occasion
to behold. Different types of fireworks lit up the night sky. Crackers
are burst almost throughout the night. People enjoy this night as
if there is no tomorrow. more...
When the sun moves into the northern constellation,
the Hindu almanac marks the passage with Makar Sankranti. The day
is celebrated as Pongal in South India and as Makar Sankranti in
North India. Pongal is the most important harvest festival that
is observed with much enthusiasm all over South India. On Pongal,
rice is ritually cooked and allowed to boil on, symbolizing the
ushering in of plenty. more...
The festival of Dussehra is the principle ceremony
of Hindus. The three places where it is celebrated with special
grandeur are in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
and Mysore in Karnataka. Dussehra is the tenth day and the climax
of nine daylong festivities of Navaratri when the effigy of Ravana
is burnt to mark the defeat of the evil spirit on the earth. more...
Symbolic to its name, the Goa Carnival is uninhibited
revelry full of festive feasting, music and dance. The carnival
is held in February for three days and nights, when the legendary
King Momo is believed to take over the state and the streets come
alive with music and color. This weeklong event has been celebrated
since the 18th Century. more...
Holi – The Festival of Color
Holi heralds summer and marks the end of winter.
Just when the cold nip in the air slowly fades, the festival of
Holi welcomes you with a riot of color. Spring is symbolic of life.
Nature too is bedecked in a riot of color as flowers bloom all around.
The setting cannot be more perfect to smear each other in color
and enjoy the day in camaraderie. Though Holi is essentially a festival
of the Hindus, you will only have to come to India to see the secular
nature of the festival. People from all religion gather together
and have fun exchanging pleasantries and smearing each other with
The Buddhist festival
The Buddhists in Ladakh and in the Northeast celebrate
the birth of the Lord Buddha, Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava (Lotus
Born) with frenzied mask dances - Chaams, and ritual display of
painted scrolls (Tangkhas). The monasteries of Hemis in Ladakh,
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and Rumtek in Sikkim, are particularly
renowned for these performances. more...
Onam is the biggest festival in Kerala. celebrated
on a particular day in August or September. Onam is celebrated to
welcome King Mahabali, a legendary ruler of Kerala, who was renowned
for the justice and benevolence. People buy new clothes and exchange
gifts. Houses are cleaned and beautiful flower carpets and decorations
are made at the entrances of houses and in courtyards. Traditional
oil lamps are lit in the courtyard and women dressed in traditional
saris dance around a lamp. The main event on Onam day is a grand
feast at lunchtime, called sadya. Snake Boat races, Kathakali and
Mohiniattam dance recitals and musical performances are also essential
parts of Onam. more...