India is a melting pot of different cultures and religions and people from different castes, languages, traditions and religious beliefs live here in complete harmony. Due to this multiplicity, different festivals are celebrated all through the year in India. These festivals are the greatest way to discover the jovial hearts of Indians and explore the Indian cultures at its best. Some of which are celebrated throughout the country with various names though some are celebrated on regional basis. Whether celebrating nationally or regionally, festivals of India bring beautiful experiences. Here is the list of few Indian festivals, which are celebrated with great enthusiasm and spirit.
Holi: This ‘Festival of Colors’ comes every year in month of March to enrich our life with colors of joy, success and love. This is mainly a two days festivity that celebrates the arrival of spring harvest season. People energetically throw colors and water on each other and enjoy delicious homemade dishes. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants and mixed with milk) is a significant drink that is traditionally consumed during Holi. This fantastic cheerful festival is a great fun to participate. Holi of Mathura and Gokul is very famous as it has connection with Lord Krishna and Gopi, who used to celebrate the festival with much pleasure.
Ganesh Chaturthi: This is a grand festival of West and South India. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of the Lord Ganesha. The festival starts with installation of huge and ornately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and specifically decorated stages. At the end of the festival, the statutes are taken into processions while singing and dancing and lastly submerged in the ocean.
Navratri & Durga Puja: The festival celebrates the victory of good over evils. This 10 days celebration honors Goddess Durga. The 9 days are comprised of Navratri and the 10th day of this festival is known as ‘Vijayadashmi’. The festival also celebrates defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. In Durga Puja, huge statues of Goddess Durga are made and on 10th day, these are submerged in holy rivers.
Diwali: This ‘Festival of Lights’ comes in months of October or November and lightens your life with pleasure, victory, and wealth. In this festival, people decorate their houses with clay lamps, candles and Rangoli. These lights represent the victory of good over evils. In Diwali, we also perform the worshiping of Ma Laxami – the goddess of wealth and prosperity and Lord Ganesha. It is a beautiful festival that discards the darkness from our lives.
Some other popular festivals in India are Onam, Rakshabandhan, Lohri and Eid. All of these are also celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion. These festivals increase the number of beautiful stories in your journey to India. At TripMos.com, explore several holiday packages of India and make truly beautiful memories on trip.