Different parts of the world have different perceptions about India. Even though the country has come a long way from where it was, there are still some stereotypes that are believed by the majority of the population. In spite of all of these perceptions, the one thing that people believe is true is the craziness when it comes to celebrating festivals.
A country that is known for following the roots when it comes to traditions has its own and unique way of celebrating festivals. There are people who belong to different communities and who belong to different religions in the country. So obviously there are many festivals in the country. In this article, we will see in detail about the various festivals in India.
When you are talking about the festivals in India, the first name that will hit the minds of people is Diwali, the festival of lights. It is, without a doubt, the biggest festival that is celebrated in the subcontinent. From preparing sweets to lighting the crackers, the joy that this festival brings to every household is something that cannot be described in words. The joy and happiness in people are so evident it is something that cannot be replaced with anything in this world.
There was a time when this festival was confined to the northern parts of the country, but time has changed ahead; hence, now the whole country is celebrating Holi. The festival of colours is one of a kind celebration where people throw colours on each other and have fun the whole day. Since the country has attained global stature, there, Holi is now celebrated in many parts of the world. This one day takes away all the total stress that is in your mind and fills it insane amounts of happiness and energy.
Dusshera is one of the biggest celebrations in India. The whole takes place for nearly three to four days. The festivals consist of Lakshmi Pooja, Saraswathi Pooja, Ayudha Pooja, and a lot of that. This festival is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. Every day of the festival is dedicated to a specific God, thanking and offering prayers for all the blessings that have been showered upon in the past and also invoking it in the future. The festival is entirely based on the incidents that happen in the holy book Ramayana. It is usually celebrated in the month of October.
4. Durga Pooja:
As the name states, the festival is about celebrating one of the most powerful Gods according to the Hindu religion, which is Goddess Durga. The levels of energy that you will come across while celebrations and the pooja are way beyond the levels of measurement. The celebration of the festival involves a lot of prayers to the Goddess, heavy decorations in the temples and in houses, and a lot of dancing as a way to please God. The biggest celebrations can be a witness in places like Kolkotta.
5. Krishna Jayanthi:
Lord Krishna is one of the important who commands a very prominent place in the Hindu Religion. Krishna Jayanthi is a festival that is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lof Krishna. Lord Krishna is also one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, who is one of the three important gods in the Hindu religion. Even as a child Lord Krishna defeated a demon, and he is caught among the girls. On the occasion of Krishna Jayanthi, the youngest male child in every house is made to enter the house after dipping their legs in white paint, which is believed to Lord Krishna entering the house.
6. Ganesh Chaturthi:
Ganesha is one of the favourite God for many people in the country. He is known for all good deeds. The birth of Ganesha is celebrated as Ganesha Chaturthi. In the north, it is referred to as the Ganesha Charduthi, and down south, it is called Vinayargar Chardurthi. A lot of amazing sweets are made in the house as an offering to God, and later, the sweets will be shared among relatives and neighbours. There will be procession where the huge statues of Ganesha will be made, and then these statues will be immersed in the water bodies that are nearby.
There good possibilities that many might not know this. It is because Onam is the festival that is celebrated in the southern part, especially in the state of Kerala. Onam is a very traditional, grand, and, most of all, a very elegant affair. If there is a discussion about Onam, there is no possibility that we can skip talking about Kerala girls and ladies. They are gorgeous in the traditional white saree, which makes the whole festival even more beautiful.
8. Raksha Bandhan:
We are not sure whether there is any particular festival that is very much dedicated to brothers and sisters. There are no second thoughts on the fact that the brother-sister bond is very special and unique. Raksha Bandhan is a very special festival that celebrates the brother-sister relationship. In this festival, the sister has to tie a fancy rope kid of thing to the brother’s arm, and then the brother has to gift the sister something. It necessarily doesn’t need to be blood siblings. If you consider someone like your brother or sister, the same ritual can be followed.
Pongal is a Tamil festival that is celebrated in the state of Tamil Nadu. In the rest of the country, it is called the Samkaranthi. It is the festival that is celebrated during the time of harvest. It is thanking God for his blessings through the entire process of farming. They thank the Sun God, cows for their help in farming, and a lot of other things.