Different types of festivals celebrated in India
4. Id ul Fitr
6. Guru Purab
India is a land of festivals and fairs. Every day of
the year there is a festival celebrated in some part
of the country. Some festivals welcome the
seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the
full moon. Others celebrate religious occasions,
the birthdays of divine beings, saints, and gurus
(revered teachers), or the advent of the new year.
A number of these festivals are common to most
parts of India. However, they may be called by
different names in various parts of the country or
may be celebrated in a different fashion.
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The Spring Festival of India, Holi - is a festival of colors. Celebrated in March or
April according to the Hindu calendar, it was meant to welcome the Spring and win the
blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land.. It is the second most
important festival of India after Diwali. Holi in India, is a festival of fun and frolic and has
been associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha.. Unlike all the other
festivals of India, hindu holi festival is one such festival where one can put down the
social taboos and indulge in the intoxicating drinks and sweets prepared by using
opium.. Brij Holi is famous all over the world for its gaeity in spirit. Each year, young and
old, men and women, all indulge themselves in the spirit of colors and for once forget the
social taboos. There are mouthwatering delicacies to savor such as 'Gujhias' and
'Papris' and there are interesting traditions and customs of Holi that have their own
regional variances. We will also talk about making natural and healthy colors and safety
precautions that one must take to enjoy Holi.
One of the big festivals celebrated in most parts of India is
Dussehra. The festival is celebrated with zest and festivities as it also marks
the beginning of the winter season after the long, unbearable, hot summer.
Dussehra marks the victory of Ram over the demon king Ravana,
and the rescue of his wife Sita. In north India, gigantic effigies of the
ten-headed Ravana and his brothers are set aflame amidst bursting
of crackers. Fairs are usually held on this occasion with lots to eat, buy and
India is the land of festivals but Diwali is one of the few grandest
Indian festival celebrated all over India with equal enthusiasm
and zeal. Diwali Festival is the abbreviation of the
Sanskrit word 'Deepavali', which means 'rows of lights'. One
of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated to commemorate the
returning of Rama and Sita to their kingdom Ayodhya after
fourteen years of exile.
It is said that Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth roams the
earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean
and brightly illuminated. Young and old, men and women,
all dress up in new clothes and buy new utensils on this
day. They worship the deities, Lakshmi and Ganesha, and
share sweets and gifts with their relatives and friends
Id Ul Fitar or the festival of fast breaking is the biggest
Muslim festival. Id is derived from the Arabic word
‘oud’ or ‘the return’ to signify, well, the return of Id
each year. The festival is significant as much for its
timing as for its religious implications. It is celebrated
after the fasting month of Ramzan (the ninth
month of the Muslim year), on the first day of the
Shawal month of the Hijri year (Muslim year). It is
believed that the Koran was revealed to Prophet
Mohammed in the month of Ramzan.
December 25th is the day of celebration and of fun and frolic..
The birth of Christ is perhaps the most popular festival around the world The
lovely snowflakes, our dear Santa, decorated homes complete with whole
range of Christmas star, mistletoe, the good-luck plant, ivy, laurels and not the
least the beautifully decorated and illuminated Christmas tree are some of the
inseparable parts of the picture. The soft music of the Christmas carols and children
eager to open their gifts certainly lend unique warmth to the coldest day of the year.
The dark night sky, the chilly winters all just provide the perfect backdrop for the reigning
red and green colors that cheer up the entire scenery. People visit their families and
arrange some of the most lavish parties. The most awaited festival, the Christmas
signifies love and kindness, joy and happiness. The holiday spirit of the season in one
word is - infectious!
People belonging to the sikh religion celebrate the
birthdays of the ten gurus as Gurupurab. The birthday
of Guru Nanak the founder of Sikh religion ,is
celebrated on Kartik Purnima. On these days people
visits gurudwarasto offer special prayers. A big mass
meal called langar is an important part of gurupurab.