Major Festivals In India - The Simple Guide For You To Enjoy The Festive Season 0

12th Nov 19
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Harshal, Indian Travel Blogger
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Imagine an Indian version of the 4th of July with a week-long celebration or the La Tomatina festival where instead of tomatoes a wide array of colors are used. To experience such vibrancy in festivals there is only one place to be in the world - India. Festivals are meant to make the best memories of a lifetime with our friends and family while upholding the traditions and culture. Every Indian festival is thus meant to deliver the same. But you wonder what are they? When are they celebrated? And why?

The answer to all your questions is right here in this incredible guide:

1. Sip Bhang, get high and splash colors everywhere you go during Holi

Holi India

  • Welcome to the color-drenched, sweet-filled and craziness brimmed festival of colors known as Holi. This incredible festival is celebrated all across the country especially in the Northern states of India. People drench each other in colors, waters, flowers,and even confectionaries like laddoos for an entire week while celebrating with friends and family. Everyone goes wild and sips a local drink prepared from Cannabis called Bhang.

  • Centered around the legend of the destruction of the demoness, Holika and the epic tale of Lord Krishna playing pranks by soaking girls in the water and colors, Holi has immense cultural and religious significance in India

  • Celebrated during the month of March, it signifies the onset of the summer season. The best destinations to experience Holi in India are Barsana, Vrindavan, and Mathura known for their Lathmar and Laddoo Holi celebration.

2. Burst firecrackers, light lanterns and have lots of sweets during Diwali

Fireworks Diwali India

  • When you see shimmering lights across all the doors and windows, a lit-up lantern hanging, aesthetic colorful sand drawings (rangoli), festive clothes and lots and lots of sweets, you would know that Diwali has arrived.

  • Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil. It celebrates the return of Hindu Lord Ram along with his wife Sita to his Kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. It is celebrated during the last week of October.

  • People clean their houses, buy new things, start new ventures and prepare mouth-watering delicacies to enjoy with their loved ones which describe just a few things that make Diwali, the most-awaited and magnificent festivals in India.

3. Chant ‘Ganapati Bappa Moraya’ during Ganesh Chaturti

Ganesh Chaturthi

  • You might love elephants for their kind and expressive nature. But here in India, it is revered in the form of elephant-headed Hindu Deity known as Ganesha. Celebrated widely across the country, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival signifies the arrival of Lord Ganesha for 11 days at the residences of his devotees.

  • The state of Maharashtra celebrates the Ganesh festival with intense vigor and enthusiasm, with countless organizations establishing idols of Ganesha. Some are as small as half feet while others tower over 10 feet. People gather around in pandals or the homes to sing prayers, appraising the lord to grant knowledge, guidance, and peace. Relishing vegetarian food dishes are prepared are most of the community refrain from consuming meat and other non-vegetarian food.

  • Celebrated during the month of September, the idols are immersed on the last day in artificial and natural water bodies denoting the departure of the deity and the anticipation of its return next year by chanting the Marathi phrase, ‘Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya’ which means ‘Come back soon next year’.

4. Get rid of the evil within and play some Garba during Dushhera and Navratri

Ravan Burning Effigy Dusshera

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  • How about 9 days of limitless license to dance away along with a lot of people? Navratri which literally means ‘nine nights’ is a sacred and popular festival celebrated widely across India.

  • It involves the establishment of the clay idols of Hindu Goddess Durga and her worship for nine days. Devotees play Garba which is a traditional dance form full of elaborate and energetic dance steps.

  • Celebrated in the month of October, the 10th day of Navratri known as Dusshera marks the symbolic defeat of demon king Ravana at the hands of Hindu Lord Rama. Gigantic effigies of Ravana are traditionally burnt every year signifying the eradication of societal evils followed by victorious celebrations.

5. Await for the moon, hold fast and enjoy traditional feast during Eid-al-Fitr (Ramzan)

Eid Ul Fitr Delhi Jama Masjid

  • Ever practiced holding a fast for almost a month? Sacrificing all your cravings and strengthing resolve by perfecting your self-control? Muslims all across India and the world reach their epitome of will power during the month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • For 30 days, the entire Muslim community refrains from having food. They offer prayers every single day, give charity to the poor, help the needy, give gifts to loved ones and enjoy the traditional feast at the first sight of crescent moon.

  • The aesthetic devotion, the love, and harmony not only among the Muslims but the individuals belonging to other religions is an incredible sight celebrated in the month of during the months of June, July or August according to the Islamic Lunar calendar.

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