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Festivals in India present a true picture of culture and heritage in India. Fairs and Festivals play a vital role in daily life of Indian people.
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Festivals in India

Festivals in IndiaFairs and Festivals in India - If one wants to visit a multicultural land that houses an assorted range of religions, India comes up as an ideal choice. The country has a rich cultural heritage and is home to people from diverse religions. It is a universally acknowledged truth that every religion gets its own unique expression from the festivals celebrated by its followers on various occasions.

Festivals of India are celebrated throughout the country with Great Spirit and devotion. This festival reflects the traditional spirit and culture of the people of India. Religious festivals are celebrated by various communities living together in India. These fairs and festivals are a unique symbol of national integrity and pride for the people of India. India is home to numerous religious, cultural and spiritual fairs and festivals. But there are some very popular festivals which are well known and are celebrated by Indians all over the world. Holi and Diwali are few of the most famous festivals in India. Old rituals, traditions and possessions are an important part of these fairs and festivals in India. Here we have presented below a list of some of the popular fairs and festivals celebrated in India.

Festivals of India

Lohri, is a festival known for its feisty celebrations among the Punjabi community. It is, in essence, a deep veneration of nature gods for a bountiful harvest.

As per Vedic Hindu philosophy, Sun is considered to be the king of all the planets. And Makar Sankranti commemorates the expedition of sun to the Northern Hemisphere.

Pongal is an important festival native to South India, particularly Tamil Nadu that marks the commencement of the harvest season or the sun's northward movement.

February, the love season, is dedicated to all those who are head-over-heels in love. This romantic month of the year marks the celebration of Valentine's Day, when love is in the air and kindling everybody's heart for their true love.

Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology stands for the source of immense power and is worshipped all across the country with fervent devotion. According to Hindu belief, Lord Shiva got married a second time to Maa Parvati in Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar.

Holi, amongst the most distinct culturally-rooted festivals of India, evokes the buoyant spirit of the spring season. The way Holi in India stirs up excitement among people, no other festival can.

The harvest festival of Baisakhi, celebrated on April 13/14 every year, is a time for renewed faith and energy. People of north India, especially in the villages of Punjab, swing to the beats of drums and celebrate the day with religious fervor.

Christians across the world observe this day as a remembrance of the pain and suffering Jesus Christ went through for the sake of mankind. There are several explanations as to why such a day is called "good".

To mark the birth of Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated all over India in the month of Chaitra in Hindu calendar. The great Hanuman is known for its great strength, power and his immortal devotion towards Lord Rama.

Among all the eventful days that come once in a year, no one gets more attention, support and acknowledgement than Friendship Day. Friendship Day is a day dedicated to honoring and strengthening the universal values of friendship, camaraderie, trust and fellowship all over the world.

Eid is a three-day long celebration that reaffirms the ideals of piety, empathy, charity and solidarity among Muslims all over the world. It is celebrated with tremendous enthusiasm and affection.

Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is a festival most recognized and celebrated amongst the Hindus for its symbolic significance. Rakhi is a sacred thread that binds the love of a sister for her brother in a unique indelible bond of affection for a lifetime.

Janmashtami, or 'Krishna Janmashtami', celebrates the birth of Sri Krishna, regarded as the most venerated in the Hindu pantheon of deities. According to Hindu belief, baby Krishna was born at midnight in Bhado month.

Teacher's day is not just a day for fun and change of roles. It is also a day to remember how much of hard work and time goes in, before a teacher walks into that classroom and teaches you that chapter.

Ganesh Chaturthi', is a festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha, one of the most revered Gods in the Hindu pantheon. Widely celebrated in India, especially in Maharashtra, on account of Lord Ganesha's divine visit to the earthly realm in the month of Bhadra...

Navratri, literally interpreted as 'nine nights' is the most celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga symbolizing purity and power or 'shakti'. Navratri festival combines ritualistic puja and fasting and is accompanied by resplendent celebrations for nine consecutive days and nights.

Ram Navami is the day etched out in the Hindu calendar as the auspicious occasion that consecrates the birth of Lord Ram, Lord Vishnu's seventh human incarnation on earth.

Dussehra or 'Vijayadashami' is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and also the triumph of Goddess Durga over a demon called 'Mahishasura'. Dussehra Festival is celebrated every year usually in September/October.

Durga Puja is a festival dedicated to the worship of the most revered Hindu goddess - Durga. MaaDurga or 'Shakti' is worshipped rigorously over the last five days of Navratri, in the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar.

Diwali signifies the true essence of life where good overcomes evil. Celebrated with much gaiety, grandeur and festivity, the festival of Diwali transcends caste, creed and community to become all-inclusive and encompassing.

Chhath Puja is a festival uniquely associated with the worship of the powerful Sun God. As the only festival that has been carried on from the Vedic period, Chhath puja is indelibly associated with nature-worship for the well-being of humanity.

Guru Nanak Jayanti is associated with birthday of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of Sikh Religion or Khalsa in India.

Festivals by region (states):

Sindu Darshan Festival is celebrated on the banks of river Sindhu in the month of June every year. The festival celebration goes on for three days in Ladakh.

Assam Andra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh
Bihar Chhattisgarh Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Goa Festivals Gujarat Festivals Haryana Festivals
Himachal Pradesh Jharkhand Jammu and Kashmir
Karnataka Festivals

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