Durga Puja• Durga Puja, the most important festival of West Bengal, is marked by celebrations that last for five long days.• It is celebrated during Sep – Oct every year.
Diwali• Diwali, also termed as Deepavali, is widely celebrated and the most famous Indian festival. It has its mention in the great Indian epic Ramayana and is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.• It is the festival of light.• Celebrated during Oct – Nov, every year.
Chhath Puja• It is an ancient festival celebrated by the residents of Indus Valley.• It is the only Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun God.
Holi• Holi is the festival of colours.• The day ‘basanta panchami’ is marked as the first day of Spring.• Observed in March.
Christmas• Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.• Observed on December 25.
Ratha Yatra• This festival is celebrated in Orissa mainly.• God Jagannatha leaves his temple and get out on road on holy chariot to meet the mass.
Raksha Bandhan• Devoted to the beautiful relationship shared by brothers and sisters. It speaks about undying love between two of them, Raksha Bandhan is a promise to protect this sacred bond forever.• During partition of India, Tagore celebrated Raksha Bandhan to strengthen the relationships among people of all religions.
Eid• Eid is an Arabic word that means festivity. Muslims in India primarily celebrate two Eids – Eid ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-zuha.• Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is a three-day Muslim celebration. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting during which followers of Muslim religion observe a strict fast from dawn-to-sunset. Eid ul-Fitr is thus celebrated with great enthusiasm.• Bakra Eid is also known as Eid-ul-zuha and is celebrated on 10th of the month Zilhaj of Islamic calendar. Cohorts of Muslim religion celebrate this day to thank god for their good fortune and to share it with people of less fortune. It is a festival of generosity.
Thai Pongal• It is widely celebrated in the state of Tamilnadu.• It is a Thanksgiving festival observed at the end of harvesting season.
Onam• Onam is celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala.• The festival commemorates the homecoming of the Legendary Emperor Mahabali.