India is a land of various religions and it is blessed with a large number of festivals celebrated all over the country. Every state has some particular festivals and has unique ways of celebrating them. There is no other country where so many festivals are celebrated.
Almost every day India is celebrating a new festival. Many festivals indicates the upcoming or outgoing of a season.
Indian festivals are not only limited till India, people living outside India celebrates many festivals with the same zeal and enthusiasm as people celebrating in India showing how good the culture of India is.
Here is a list of Top 10 Most Celebrated Festivals of India.
Onam is the most popular festival celebrated in the state of Kerala. It is a ten-day festival indicating the harvest season which also indicates the upcoming Malayalam new year. People wear new clothes, visit temples to offer their prayers and the biggest charm of this festival that one can never miss is the rowing of boats which is so exciting to see.
Baisakhi one of the most popular festivals of punjabis, hugely celebrated in the state of Punjab. It takes place on the very first day of Vaisakh month of April and May. On this day, people visit Golden temple to offer their prayers, many bhangra events are organised without which this festival is incomplete and many fairs are organised on this occasion.
8. Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak Jayanti is the main festival of the Sikh religion. It is the birthday of the founder of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev. It is celebrated in the month of October or November on the full moon day. People celebrates this festival by visiting the Gurdwaras and offering prayers. People offer langar in the gurdwaras, homes are decorated with beautiful lightnings.
7. Durga Puja and Dussehra
Durga Puja is one of the largest festivals celebrated among the Hindus. People worship the Hindu Goddess of Power, Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated for ten days. The last day of Durga Puja is known as Dashami or Dussehra. The festival usually takes place in the months of September and November. The celebration of this festival takes place with great zeal all over India.
6. Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi this is the festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha the remover of all the disruptions. It is a ten-day long festival. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great enthusiasm mainly in Maharashtra. People can be seen buying various things especially Ganesh idols on this very auspicious day.
After the tenth day, the idol is merged in the water mainly in the rivers. While merging people wish form Ganesh ji for happiness in their lifes and their famlies. Many events are organised in this festival espeially the cultural events to entertain people. Many feasts are also organised to make the occasion more intresting and exciting.
Holi is the most colorful festival celebrated in almost every part of India. It indicates the victory of good over bad. The main occasion takes place on the day of full moon in March. People celebrate this day by putting colors on each other’s face. This festival brings people outside their houses to celebrate this colorful festival together. People from all round the society from children to older people celebrate this festival with great enthusianm.
Janmashtami is celebrated as Lord Krishna was born on this auspicious day. It usually takes place in the month of August or September. People spend the day fasting and they offer prayers till midnight. Many Hindu devotees travel to Dwarkadhish temple in Dwarka- Gujerat and Shri Krishna Balaram temple and many more spiritual places to offer paryers.
The purist festivals of all is Rakshabandhan. It is devoted to the beautiful relationship shared by brothers and sisters. It is a promise by a brother to protect her sister for lifelong. This festival is celebrated every year on a full moon day in month of Shravana of Hindu calendar. On this occasion, sister tie rakhi or holy thread on wrist of her brother. Tilak puja is followed after this and brother present their sister with the beautiful gift. Both Brother and Sister offer sweets to each other. In many parts of the country kites can also be seen flown in the skies on this very day.
2. Ramzan Eid (Id-Ul-Fitr)
Id-Ul-Fitr, the biggest festival of the Muslims, the word Id means festivity and Fitr means breaking of fasting. Id-Ul-Fitr takes place when a new moon is seen after a month of fasting. The Muslims visit the mosques and offer prayers to Almighty Allah. It is a three-day celebration. Many devotees choose to travel on a pilgrimage tour to Mecca that is considered as the Islamic Holy Land. This festival is celebrated not only in India, but also in various countries such as Srilanka, Pakistan and many more.
Diwali is the festivals of lights. It is celebrated because it is the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi. The celebrations takes place throughout India. Mainly, five days are observed as Diwali. Dahnteras, Choti Diwali, Badi Diwali or Lakshmi Puja, Govardan Puja and Bhai Duj are the five days of the Diwali celebrations. Each of these days has its own significance.
People wear new clothes, diwali gifts are being exchanged, homes are decorated with beautiful lights, Crackers are burnt and people offer prayers to Lord rama, Goddess Lakshmi to bring peace and calmness in their lives.