Glimpse of India- Festivals Galore
Festivals give us good reason to break the monotony and celebrate the occasion called life. Many festivals are linked with our religious faiths with a strong sense to perform the associated rituals. We have many religions and as many festivals to celebrate our stay on Earth. These remind us that “Whatever stage of life you’re in, remember that the show must go on.”
India boasts of innumerable colourful festivals and strong beliefs assert the dedication. Land of vibrant hues, India with 130 crores people observe the festivities with fervour.
I’m sharing a few popular festivals celebrated in India.
One of the most popular festivals, Diwali is the festival of lights. It is believed that Lord Rama fought Demon Ravana and brought back his wife Sita from Ravana’s captivity. The auspicious day of Diwali is celebrated to mark the day when Rama and Sita reached Ayodhya after 14 years in exile.
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Holi, the festival of spring is celebrated by lighting up a bonfire and playing with colours the next morning. Holi also has a historical significance, glorifying the victory of good over evil.
Mathura and Braj are famous for Holi celebrations where festivities last for more than a week.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami
Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Traditional events of ‘Dahi-Handi’, ‘Raas-Leela’ are organised in many parts of India. People from Mathura and North-Eastern region enjoy this festival to the core.
Most popular in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Odisha, Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengalis. The grand pandals with huge idols of Mother Durga perform Durga Puja for nine days. On the tenth day, Ma Durga idols are immersed in water. Kolkata Durga Puja is not to be missed if you’re in India during festivities.
Eid Ul Fitr
Eid Ul Fitr is an important festival of Muslims celebrated around the world. The day marks the end of one holy month of fasting called Ramadan. The fasting teaches charity, patience, empathy, sympathy and praise for the Almighty as one understands the subordination of human beings.
The festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The clay idols of Lord Ganesha are installed at homes or workplaces and elaborate prayers are performed. On the tenth day, the idols are carried in processions and immersed in water bodies.
A popular Punjabi-folk festival, Lohri is celebrated in Punjabi-dominated northern regions of India. The festival marks the end of winter season and beginning of longer days. People lit a bonfire and dance and sing around it.
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