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India as we all know is a land of cultural heritage with a lot of history. The people of India are mostly religious and we celebrate our festivals as if it was the last day of our lives. The passion and fervor with which the people in India celebrate the festivities here attracts people in the form of tourists from all over the world. We Indians take great pride in celebrating the festivals that we so fondly adore and wait for all year to arrive. Below is a list of some of the festivals that Indians celebrate with great zeal and zest.
A festival dedicated to worship the hindu deity Goddess Durga. The word means “Nine days” During these days the Goddess is worshipped. The tenth day is famously known as “Dussehra”and is also known as Vijayadashami. It is the day when the victory of the Goddess over the evil is celebrated.
Diwali is the festival of lights that is celebrated in twenty days span from Dussehra. The festival is celebrated in order to honor Lord Ram who returned home to Ayodha after 14 years of exile and after having fought and won a battle against the demon king, Ravana.
One of the most auspicious days of the year for married women is the Karva Chauth. It is a one day festive event that is celebrated annually by married Hindu women. In this festival women fast for an entire day that starts from sunrise and ends at moonrise late in the evening or sometimes at night. The women fast for the whole day without food or water for the long life and safety of their husbands.
The festival also known as the Akha Teej is celebrated by Hindus and Jains to celebrated the birth of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Baisakhi is celebrated on the 14th of April every year and it marks the beginning of the solar year. The festival has a special significance for the Sikh people as on this day in 1969, their tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa.
The 14th of November is celebrated as Children’s Day. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister was so immensely fond of children that he wished his birthday to be celebrated as children’s day.
Christmas is celebrated by the entire world especially Christians to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus, who was regarded as God’s own son. It is celebrated on the 25th of December every year.
Eid is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Father’s Days is celebrated worldwide to celebrate fatherhood and honoring fathers, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in the society.
The first Sunday of the month of August is celebrated as the friendship day to mark the importance and value of friends and friendships in ones life.
Ganesh Chaturthi is Maharashtra’s favorite festival where the Lord Ganesha is worshipped and the state erupts in celebration for over a week.
Holi is regarded as the festival of colors and is celebrated vehemently every year in the month of March. People smear colors over their friends, families and acquaintances and celebrate the festival of colors in a joyous and cheerful manner.
15th August 1947 was the date that India became an independent nation. It is the day that India freed itself from the chains of the British rule. Ever since that year, 15th of August is passionately celebrated as the Independence Day.
The Janmashtami also known as the Krishna Janmasthami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
Celebrated on the 18th of May every year, it is a day to honor the mother of the family, as well as maternal bonds, motherhood and the influence of the mother in the society.
The 1st of January every year is celebrated as the day of the New Year as it marks the beginning of the new English calendar.
It is Kerala’s harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities.
Known as the harvest festival of Tamilnadu, Pongal is celebrated in the month of Thai (January-February) when crops like rice, turmeric, sugarcane etc. are harvested. The festival is celebrated for four days all across Tamilnadu.
It is the celebration of the brother-sister relationship and is centered on tying a thread or amulet around the wrist as a form of ritual protection.
Republic Day was first observed on the 26th of January 1950 when the constitution of India came into effect.
It is the New Years’ day for the Hindus of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana state in India. It is celebrated in either March or April
Also known as the feast of Saint Valentine, it is the day of celebration of love and affection.
This was a mere handful of festivals that we Indians celebrated. There are hundreds more that could be added to the list of festivals celebrated in India. The rich cultural history and tradition attached to each festival makes them even more special. People from all over the world come over to India to be a part of these festivities and we are proud to be a part of a nation that holds great pleasure to host such festivals from times unmemorable.
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