Indian Festivals

5 Most Vibrant Indian Festivals which You Will Absolutely Love!

India is known for its diversity, which is quite evident in its festivals. People from different states and religion often come together while celebrating India festivals. The Indian Festivals are celebrated with pomp and show and signify religious attributes. If you wish to learn more about the culture of India then the easiest way is to be a part in celebration of festivals. Following are few of the Indian festivals which are one of the most celebrated.

  1. Diwali

Diwali the festival of lights is one of the most important festivals amongst Indians. It is celebrated by Hindus all over the world with great pomp and show. On this day Shri Ram Chandra Ji came back to Ayodhaya after defeating Ravan. Thus, the city was lighted with diyas. Ever since Diwali has been celebrated with enthusiasm. People decorate their houses with small clay lamps and indulge in firework display. Diwali is a five day festivals and the day after Diwali signifies the start of the New Year. People exchange sweets and presents and dress in new cloths.

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  1. Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is yet another Hindu festival which is celebrated in the honor of the birth of Lord Ganesh who is also known as the vigan harta, meaning solution to all the problems. The festival is celebrated in continuous 11 days, where people bring home the idol of lord Ganesh home which is installed and decorated and on the 11 day the idol of lord Ganesh is submerged in water. People often sing, dance and rejoice while getting them home and submerging them in water. Special sweets are made and distributed while the statue is paraded throughout the street.

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  1. Holi

Holi is yet another festival other than Diwali which celebrates victory of good over evil. It is celebrated for 2 days. The first day is known as the choti holi where the holika is burnt and people put their spring harvest in the fire. The second day is the badi Holi which is also known as the festivals of colors where people but colors on each other and rejoice while singing and dancing. They eat and drink food consisting of Bhang.Holi is becoming more of an international festival and is celebrated all over the world to commensurate the summers.

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  1. Navaratri, Dussehra, and Durga Puja

The festivals of Dussera, Navratri and Durga Puja are celebrated one after the other. The auspicious nine days is known as the Navratri which is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. The tenth day is called the Dussehra when the effigy of Ravana is burnt, which also signifies the victory of good over evil. Alongside Goddess Durga victory over the demon Mahishasura is also celebrated. The Durga Pooja is celebrated in the same manner as Ganesh Chaturti where the statue of Goddess Durga is made and decorated and then it is immersed in the holy rivers. Many people often fast during the Navratri and dance to lively music known as the garba and dandiya.

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  1. Onam

Onam is celebrated in the southern part of India which not only celebrates the harvest season but also the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. It’s a festival full of ethos and legacy. People often decorate their entrance of their houses with beautiful rangoli and flowers to welcome the mighty king Mahabali. Authentic food is prepared and relished by friends and family members. The food is served in the traditional way and is served on banana leaves. People rejoice throughout the day and indulge in sports such as snake boat racing and dancing.

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Which festival out of these Indian festivals is your favorite? Do let us know in the comments!

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