India is a country of unity in diversity with the number of dynamic cultures, and every Indian celebrates many festivals happily in whole the year. India’s festivals are unique in its own way with full of beauty and enjoyment. If you want to visit India then not forget to celebrate these beautiful Indian festivals with a lot of uniqueness. You can explore the prosperity of Indian culture and heritage. There are list of some festival of India.
Celebration of an Independent India- Celebration of Republic day is the joy of the Indian Constitution that declared on January 26, 1950, and it is the start of India as a republic country. For this historical occasion 26 January celebrate as a national festival of India with pride. The celebration of republic day takes place on Rajpath in the form of ceremonial parades in front of the President of India and other international guests. More than thousands of people visit to represent the Unity and Cultural richness of the country.
Maha Shivratri is the grand festival famous for the occasion of overcoming darkness and ignorance. Maha Shivratri is the festival in which people fast, wear new clothes and worship Lord Shiva. Varanasi and Somnath are the main temple to visit for the Maha Shivratri. The Mandi fair is organized in the town of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh is the place where Mandi Fair is organized that situated in the town of mandi. Mahashivratri celebrated as God Shiva anniversary and Goddess Parvati in the Kashmiri and Himalayan regions.
Holi is the most famous festival of India also known as the festival of colors. In the most beautiful occasion, Holika Dahan takes place a night before Holi where it believes that all the negatives are burnt in a bonfire. Holi is the festival in which people play with organic colours and enjoy the tunes of music. Gujiya, Mathri, and Thandai are the special treat of the festival. Mathura also celebrates the “Lath Maar Holi”. Women play Holi by beating their husbands’ shields with sticks. Coastal city of Gujarat, Dwarka celebrates the festival at Dwarkadheesh Temple. This beautiful festival also known as forgiveness and new beginnings.
The holy festival of Ramadan consists of fasting in whole months. People in the festival believe that fasting makes a man give up his vices that bring him closer to Allah. Muslims also play an essential part in cultural strata in India that is why Eid is celebrated with holy fasting and offering prayers.
Muharram is celebrated during the first month of the Islamic Calendar. The dates of the festival most of the time shifting in the Georgian calendar. Mainly it is celebrated by Shia Muslims who mourn in memory of martyred Hussein ibn Ali. Muslim take it as a mourning month whereas Sunni Muslims known it for more peaceful note. The celebration of this festival start from the first day of the month to the next two months and eight days. On the 10th day, Shia Muslims take out processions and move into the streets by carrying banners.
Diwali is celebrated as the occasion of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years by lighting diyas, drawing rangolis, decorating houses, wearing new clothes, distributing gifts and burning crackers. Indian People worship Goddess Lakshmi also you can say Goddess of wealth and prosperity and Lord Ganesha who is a symbol of ethical beginnings. In West Bengal and Odisha, it is known as Kali Puja. It is celebrated as Bandi Chor Diwas in the Sikkim. During this occasion people light the Golden Temple of Amritsar and fireworks are enjoyed with the meaning of joy and glory. Diwali Melas are organized in the whole country. In Karnataka it is celebrated in five days.
Dussehra is the festival of the win over evil which is also known as Vijayadashmi, generally, it is the sign of Durga Pooja and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil in the form of victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Northern India celebrates the festival by burning the Ravana idols being the restoration of faith in good. Dances and dramas take place that show the story of Lord Rama’s victory. In Kullu Valley of Himachal, a large fair is observed and half a million people visit the parade. West Bengal celebrates the festival with hundreds of parades taking place.
Durga Puja celebrated as winning good over evil, the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura celebrated on this day. Durga Puja celebrated during the period of 10 days and it is a grand social event in eastern and north-eastern states of India. Moreover rituals are long and complicated, they are enjoyed by the devotees. Colorful streets, Pandals, Bhajans and bright lights glow the festival with a lot of enjoyment and joy. In Odisha and Assam(Silchar) animal sacrifices are performed to celebrate the victory Maa Durga over the buffalo demon. Mysore Dasara in Karnataka also celebrated as Durga Puja.
Navratri, also known as Sharad Navratri is celebrated in honor of Maa Durga. The northern and western region of India is celebrated final day as Vijayadashami or Dussehra, and in northeastern and eastern states it is same as Durga Puja. Movements of sun and moon define the occasion of festival with Hindu believes. During Navratri The events of Ramlila take place in North India and pandals of Maa Durga are decorated in the eastern and north-eastern states of the country. It is the main festival of Gujarat and Garba, the cultural dance is performed in large groups.
The national festival, the independence of India celebrates on the occasion of free from the British Empire on 15 Aug 1947. Flag Hosting ceremonies, parades and other cultural events celebrated in the whole parts of India. The Prime Minister of India officially hosts flag at the Red Fort with the tradition of 21 gunshots. Parades and pageants defines the Indian struggle for independence.
The festival is famous in the state of Maharashtra celebrated with the broad devotion. It is originated as a public festival in the city of Pune more than 125 years ago. But there is also a communication over who started it there (Sardar Krishnaji Khasgiwale, freedom fighter Bhausaheb Rangari or freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak), the main purpose of this freedom fighter was to bring people of different classes and castes together to unite them against the British rule. The idol at Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati temple in Budhwar Peth is very famous and historical.
Baisakhi is the holy festival of Sikh. The day is celebrated with the laying down of the foundation of the Khalsa community by the Tenth Guru. There are so many devotees in the globe that define a new attire and visit gurudwaras. They also offer prayers and go to visit Kirtan Path.
Sikh community are also arranged and organized in different areas. People attend celebration by gathering, sing prayers from the holy book of Guru Granth Sahib and remind everybody to be virtuous.