Most important Festivals of India
Festivals of India
Why do we have Festival?
A festival is a day or period or occasion or an expressive way to celebrate the culture, religious, nature, and traditions. There are many reasons to have festivals. Many festivals are celebrated in harvesting time because these festivals are celebrated to thank the lords of the land, water, and air for helping to produce the grains. So, the major reasons behind the festivals are religious recognition and thanksgiving for good gathers. The festivals also have some social purposes. It helps to improve the bond between the families members and neighbors, for geographical gatherings and remove the discrimination from the society. The festivals offer entertainment, which also the main reason behind the excitement about celebrations. Celebrations that emphasis on social and cultural values. The celebrations have unique styles and exercises based on the geographical area with its cultural and traditional customs.
India is a land of festivals, where celebrations are more than the number of days in a year. There are a numerous number of festivals in India because India is a multidimensional country with varies religions, cultures, languages, and communities. Some festivals are celebrated by all religious people in all regions.
The festivals aren’t limited to culture and religious aspects alone. other than the culture, religious and geographical aspects, the festivals also have a foundation of arts, books, occupation, food, seasons, community, personalities, environment, trade, etc, We are celebrating all the things, which are all associated with our life cycle.
Some of the Important and well-known festivals of India
Diwali (Diwali date: 18 October 2017)
Diwali or Deepavali is a broadly celebrated Hindu festival in India. Diwali is a most important festival in the Indian festival calendar. It is known as the festival of lights. It spiritually indicates the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Diwali celebrated in all over India by all the religious people. This festival unites the people. But the celebration style varies according to the region.
The major attraction of the Diwali festival is the clay lights shining on housetops, house front, temples, buildings, and many others places. On Diwali night, the houses are illuminated by the clay lights and the skies are illuminated by firecrackers. The territorial practices and customs have the significant impact on the way of Diwali celebration. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Newar Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. But each of them having their own stories, historical events, and mythology to celebrate Diwali. however, in all the myths the darkness is defeated by the lights. This is a remarkable day for Hindus, where they share their joy and happiness.
Holi- The Celebration of colors- The colors of Life (February - March)
Holi is the festival of colors, which emphasize the colorful life. The common site of Holi on every year is an attractive spread of colors, balloons that are geared up to fill the color water, water guns toys, and wide variety of desserts are covered up in shops. Holi is celebrated on each part of the country. The stunning colors are the major attraction of Holi. It is celebrated in the month of February or March.
Holi is celebrated for a last for a night and a day. Holi celebrations begin on the prior night Holi with a Holika Dahan where individuals assemble, perform religious ceremonies in front of a campfire, and they pray to the goddess that their internal evil is destroyed the way Holika. The next morning is widely known as Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all celebrations of colors, wherein people (Anybody and everybody is an honest game, known or unknown, rich or poor, men or women, youngsters and senior citizens) smear others with colors and drench each other.
The cheerfully play and fight with colorings on the open streets, open parks, outside of the temples and buildings. Some group of people carry musical instruments and move place to place through the streets and play music, sing, and dance. People go to the family, buddies, and foes to throw colored powders on every other, laugh and gossip, then offers Holi delights, share food, drinks, and desserts.
Christmas – 25 December 2015
Christmas is celebrated in the most part of the world on 25th December, by the Christians, to celebrate the birth of the Jesus, who Christians believe is the Son of God.
The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December twenty-fifth was in 336, all through the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine who was the first Christian in Roman Emperor. A few years later, 25th December is formally declared as a start or birth of Jesus, by Pope Julius. But there are lots of stories and theories are spread out regarding the date of Christmas, to the outer world.
There are no celebrations without lights and colors in India, and Christmas is no exception. Churches, homes, and some office buildings are decorated using spectacular lights shows, plastic stars etc., Many families and shops put up the Christmas tree in front of their building and decorate the tree with different colors of light and stars. Christmas Eve, Santa Claus, Christmas carols, and songs are the inevitable part of the Christmas celebrations.
Ramadan (May- June)
Among the various Muslim festivals, Ramadan is said to be the most predominant festival and holds inconceivable religious significance to Muslims over the globe. Ramadan is a heavenly month of fasting, practicing self- discipline, and prayers for Islam. The celebration falls in the ninth month of the Islamic logbook, this year it begins on 27th May and closes on 24th June. This is the celebration season for Muslims, where they share their joy and happiness with the cherished ones. The final three days of the Ramadan month celebration is known as Eid al-Fitr, or "the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast."
Fasting is one of the five fundamental concepts of Islam. Each day throughout Ramadan, Muslims do no longer consume or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are additionally speculated to avoid impure mind and bad conduct. It is intended to be a period of development of inner being— of profound thought of one's association with God. Read more
Onam is the traditional and festival which is celebrated in Kerala and by the Malayalam speaking populations. It falls between August and September. The day of Onam is chosen as per the legend of King Mahabali in whose respect Onam is praised. People trust that it was this specific day in the time of Chingam (Malayalam month) when King Mahabali and sent him to nether world by the Lord Vishnu with his fifth avatar which is known as Vamana. People trust that it is on that day, Thiru Onam that the soul of King Maveli visits Kerala, henceforth the day is set apart by devour and celebrations. People welcomes Mahabali by laying flower mats in the front of their homes which is known as atha pookalam and preparing a grand meal which is known as Ona Sadhya.
The Onam Celebrations includes flower arrangement (Pookalam), Grand meal (Ona Sadhya), boat races (Vallam Kali), Tiger dances (Puli Kali), Worship(Onathappan), Onam Dance (Thiruvathira kali) Tug of War (Vadam Vali), Martial Arts (Ona thallu), Onam Song (Ona paattu or Ona villu), and so on. Read more
Pongal (14 Jan 2018)
Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated in TamilNadu. Pongal is celebrated as thanksgiving festival to nature and cow for helping to a successful harvest. The first day is celebrated as Boghi, where people discard the old things which are no longer useful and celebrate the new possessions. The second day is a Pongal. It is the main event where they thank sun. On this day people submit pongal, which is made by using freshly harvested rice to the sun. The third day is Maattu (cow) Pongal. This day is Thanksgiving day to cows for being the sources of wealth by helping in plowing and transportation, providing dairy products and fertilizer. The final day is celebrated as Kanum pongal. Many families and relatives hold a reunion on this day.
There are more festivals are there. We will update one by one as soon as possible.