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7 Incredible Indian Festivals Which Will Amaze You

Posted by Rohit Agarwal on 24/11/2016
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India is a land of both traditional and cultural festivals. You can enjoy several festivals in a month as India is origin of various religions, cultures, traditions and festivals. There is a unique way of celebrating all the festivals based on its rituals and traditions as every festival has different history behind it. Several Indian festivals are also celebrated outside India with great zeal and enthusiasm.  There are many incredible Indian festivals celebrated in our country which will surely amaze you by their traditions and beliefs.

Some of them are listed below:

  1.  Diwali

Diwali FestivalPhoto by Abhinaba Basu, CC BY 2.0

 

Diwali is the festival of lights. It is one of the most important and most celebrated festivals of India.  During this festival all the houses are decorated with lights, flowers, candles, diyas etc.  On this day, people wear new clothes, do Laxmi Puja, burst crackers and distribute sweets. This day is also known as the New Year according to the Hindu Calendar.

Why is it celebrated:  On this day Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman came back to their home Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

Major Attractions:  Buildings are decorated with lamps, candles, diyas. Large stalls of Crackers, fireworks etc.

 

  1. Holi

Holi FestivalPhoto by Narender9, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Holi is known as the festival of colors. It is celebrated across the country and is a famous festival of India.  People celebrate Holi with both dry and wet colors with water guns and colored filled balloons of water. Holika bonfires are also made on this day around which people worship, sing and dance.

Why is it celebrated: It is celebrated as a victory of good over evil.

Major Attractions: Water guns, water balloons, Thandai, Holika Bonfire.

 

  1. Dusshera 

Dusshera FestivalPhoto by Pete Birkinshaw, CC BY 2.0

 

Dusshera is also known as Vijaydashami. It is among one of the famous festivals celebrated in India.  Before 10 days of Dusshera, ‘Ramlila’ a play in which the scenes from Ramayana are enacted in various parts of India.  The huge statues of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakaran are burnt on this day which is also called “Ravan Dahan”.

Why is it celebrated:  On this day, the evil king Ravana was killed by Lord Rama.

Major Attractions:  Big statues of Ravana, Meghnath, Kumbhakaran, decorated markets, Ramlila.

 

  1. Navratri

Navratri FestivalPhoto by Jyoti Prakash Bhattacharjee, CC BY 2.0

 

“Navratri” as its name suggests is a festival of 9 days. In Gujarat, it is celebrated by performing famous Garba dance and Dandiya.  Various Dandiya competitions are also organized in different parts of country where women are dressed in colorful and traditional Chaniya Choli.

Why is it celebrated: It is celebrated to worship the different forms of Goddess Durga.

Major Attractions:  9 days’ dance festival of Dandiya and Garba, colorful dance dresses, famous cuisines like Sabudana Khichdi and Kheer of Singoda.

 

  1. Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami FestivalPhoto by Ken Wieland, CC BY-SA 2.0

 

It is one of the most beautiful and most important religious festivals of the country. On this day people worship Lord Krishna and fast throughout the day. Krishna Janmashtami in Vrindavan and Mathura are most popular. All the temples are decorated with lights and Krishna Jhankis.  Midnight is celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna and various Aartis are performed on that time to welcome Lord Krishna.

Why is it celebrated:  It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna.

Major Attractions:   Decorated temples, Different Aartis and Prasad, Krishna Jhankis.

 

  1. Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi FestivalPhoto by Thejas Panarkandy, CC BY 2.0

 

It is another important religious festival in India. It is celebrated for 10 days where Lord Ganesh’s Idols are worshipped in Homes and public Pandals. Different Artis and Pujas are performed in morning and evening. The 10th day is the day of Visarjan in which Ganesh idols are immersed in a water body.  

Why is it celebrated: It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh.

Major Attractions:   Huge idols of Lord Ganesha, decorated Pandals, Modaks.

 

  1. Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan FestivalPhoto by Shriyash Jichkar, CC BY 2.0

 

Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi and is one of the important festivals of Hindus. On this day the sister ties a sacred thread which is known as Rakhi on the wrist of brother. This festival signifies the bond of brother- sister.

Why is it celebrated: It is celebrated to signify the love bond of brother and sister.

Major Attractions:   Colorful Rakhis, sweets.

Thus, India is famous for its festivals, rituals, customs and beliefs all over world, where people from different religions and backgrounds come together to celebrate these festivals with great love and harmony.

Author Bio:

A travel enthusiast, Rohit loves to travel and trying different food cuisines across India. On professional terms, he is also managing a travel website known as TransIndiaTravels.com. Many blogs and articles on travel written by him can be read on various travels related websites.