Festivals in India

Top FesTivals celebraTed in India

India is a vast country that is in many provinces, states, regions, and many more. Every part, the region of the country is different from others in many factors. These factors include culture, tradition, heritage, way of living, literacy rate, development, prominent festivals, and many more. There are many prominent festivals in India which people celebrate with Harmony. Festivals are meant to bring joy, excitement to the life of people. Every Festival irrespective of religion, the faith of people brings joy in their life and have a special message for mankind. 

Importance of Festivals in India

Festivals are an integral part of human’s life which can integrate different society, religions, cultures, and people with different perspectives in life.  Festivals in India bring you closer to understand the rich culture that we share for generations. It will be not wrong if I say that India is the only country in this the whole world to have such numerous numbers of festivals. 

All these festivals have celebrated by different people of various communities, religions, with a high level of energy and excitement. Whether you are from India or not you must experience these glorious and magnificent festivals. By experiencing the festivals of India one will surely know the richness in Indian soil which they had preserved and maintained for generations. 

There are two types of festivals in India which has celebrated in India they are National Festivals and Traditional Festivals. National festivals include Republic Day, Independence Day, Teachers day, Children day, Gandhi Jayanti, and many more. Some of the prominent festivals of India include Diwali, Baisakhi, Dusserah, Ramadan, Bakrid, Christmas, Good Friday, Onam, Pongal, Durga puja, Maha Shivratri, Krishna Janmashtami, Makarsankranti, Eid Milad, Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Holi, Buddha Jayanti, Mahaveer Jayanti, Bihu, Lori and many more. 

Some of these festivals are celebrated in the entire country, some might be limited to local areas, and some might be celebrated in a certain region of the country. All these festivals are unique among themselves with different rituals and a different set of rules, practices that are needed to be performed at that festival. 

So let us discuss some most important festivals in India: 

1. Diwali: 

Diwali Festivals in India
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It is the most popular festival celebrated all across the country. It is usually celebrated in November. This festival gives the message of victory of good over evil. It represents the victory of Lord Ram on the Demon king Ravana. And lord Ram returns to his birthplace Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years. This festival is also celebrated by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of richness. This is a 4-day long festival. It is being said that the night of Diwali appears so much bright that it can be compared to a day at night time. 

2. Makar Sankranti: 

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It is a very special function which has celebrated in various parts of India but with different names. It is Pongal in southern India, especially among the Tamil community. As Lohri in Punjab, as Bihu in Assam, as Makar Sankranti in Karnataka, as the Khichdi festival in Bihar. This festival signifies the end of darkness and the beginning of new chapters in everyone’s life. In Gujrat, it has celebrated on large scale by organizing kite flying competition events. People make sweets prepared from til, jaggery, and many more. Many people distribute til and jaggery to express their happiness and wish others a new happy beginning in their chapters. 

3. Holi: 

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It is a prominent festival in India. It is also famous as the festival of colors. During this time people apply colors on each other, by keeping aside their differences and enmity. This festival has celebrated by Holika Dahan (burning of Bonfire). A story is very prevalent among all Indians. This has associated with the victory of faith of devotee of lord Vishnu named Prahlad. He is the son of a demon king name Hiranyakashyap. It has said that Prahlad’s father tried to kill him with the help of his sister Holika as she had a boon that she will not be harmed by fire but Prahlad was not capable of this. But faith, devotion won over the evil. It is a festival of love and fun. This festival usually takes place in March. 

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4. Ramadan (EID-UL-FITR): 

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It is one of the most important festivals for people who have faith in Islam.  During the month Ramadan people undergo fast from sunrise to sunset without even drinking a drop of water. During this month Imam (religious preacher) recites the complete Quran. After the last day of fasting, they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. On this special and auspicious occasion, they dress up in Islamic outfit and pray to almighty Allah in an open field after that they have various delicacies including. 

5. Bakrid( EID-UL-AZHA): 

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It is an important festival for people who follow Islam Religion. On this auspicious day, people start their chores early in the morning and most of them wear Islamic outfits. Then they pray to almighty Allah in an open field or area then they carry on with their animal sacrifices. The most important delicacy of this festival is Haleem and keema. There is a story or incident  which is prevalent in the Islamic world and also among people who follow Islam 

Religion. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to god’s command. On this day animal sacrifices include sacrifices of goat, camel, cow, buffalo sheep. This festival is also famous as the Festival of Sacrifice, Sacrifice feast. Finally, I would like to conclude this article on the note that all festivals bring joy and prosperity in everyone’s life irrespective of their fate, religion, believes, etc. As humans, we must develop friendly relations with everyone. 

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