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  1. 1. By Charlene Covarrubias
  2. 2. Festivals• Known to be a spiritual country, India celebrates multiple festivals throughout the year• It is a unique way to absorb and experience the Indian culture.
  3. 3. Diwali• Five day festival • Each day has a different meaning • Usually in October or November • Depends on the moon cycle• “Festival of Lights” • Based on the fact that they light candles, lamps, and fireworks • It embodies the defeat of evil and that brightness over comes darkness• Celebrates the return of Lord Ramas wife, Sita, as well as the defeat of the demon King Ravana
  4. 4. Ganesh Chaturthi• Eleven day festival • Starts in late August or early September • Starts the fourth day after the new moon • In the Hindu month of Bhadrapada• Celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha; Elephant-headed god.• Lord Ganesha removes the hardships of people and brings good fortune• Its forbidden to look at the moon the first night
  5. 5. Holi• Two day festival • Celebrated the day after the full moon in March • Marks the end of winter and the upcoming spring• “Festival of Colors” • Got its name from Lord Krishna • People threw colored powder and water at each other• Celebrates the victory of good vs. evil and the destruction of Holika
  6. 6. Navaratri, Dussehra, and Durga Puja• Navaratri • Nine night festival • Nine nights of dancing • Celebrates Mother Goddess • Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati • Celebrated in different ways all over India• Dussehra • Tenth day of the Navaratri festival • Defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama • Mostly in Northern India • Ramaleela-Plays and dance Performances• Durga Puja • Celebration of the Mother Goddess and victory over Mahishasura • Last five days of Navaratri • Celebrated in West Bengal where it is the most important festival of the year
  7. 7. Krishna Jamashtami• Two day festival • Usually in August or September• “Govinda” • Clay pots containing curd, butter, and money are strung over buildings • The “Govindas” form human pyramids to reach and break them open • The clay pots represent Krishnas love for curd and butter• Celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna
  8. 8. Kerala Temple Festival• Multiple ten day festivals • From February to April • Conducted by tantri (temple priest) • The main attraction would be the many elephants• Tribute to the temples presiding god • Presiding god emerges once a year from inside the temple • Gods from surrounding temples visit on elephant backs and pay their respects • Each festival has different legends and myths
  9. 9. Onam• Ten day festival • Harvest festival • Celebrated in the beginning of the month Chingam • Celebrated in southern India• Homecoming of mythical King Mahabali• People decorate the ground in flowers to welcome Mahabali
  10. 10. Pushkar Camel Fair• This festival is about a week long • Usually in November • Attracts local camel traders• Around 50,000 camels cover the desert in Pushkar • For five days they get the camels ready for trade, beauty contests, races, and parades• Huge carnivals are held during the fair • Musicians, magicians, dancers, snake charmers entertain the crowd of 200,000+ people• People also come to bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar’s lake • It is said that those who bathe on the day of the full moon will receive special blessings
  11. 11. Work Cited• Diwali • • Images •• Ganesh Chaturthi age=2 • • spotlight-the-pushkar-camel-fair-rajasthan/• Holi • • • festival-with-a-spanish-twist/15856676.shtml• Navaratri, Durga Puja, Dussehra • • • • • • colours• Krishna Janmashtami •• Kerala Temple •• Onam •• Pushkar Camel Fair •