This is what the word ‘INDIA’ symbolizes…
India- the land of energy, the ideal for all, the culture of happiness, and the power of unity! We have proved it, we mean it and we will achieve the goal to become the Superpower one day..! We dream to survive through Yoga, Science and boost our immune and protect ourselves from viruses like Corona...
Basically, India is divided among 28 states and 8 union territories starting from North to the south and spread from east to west. Get ready to explore its festivals statewide! Let’s know about the variant festivals of India in brief:
- Northern India:
If we head to northern areas, festivals such as Sindhu darshan in Kashmir; melas, fairs in Rajasthan, Baisakhi, Guru Parab, Lohri festivals: in Punjab, the most famous ‘Lathmar Holi’, Ganga Pujan, Ramnavmi: in UP and many more are the major.
The joy and rejoice during the time of today festival in india are mesmerizing. If we deeply store the beautiful decorations, colorfulness, energy, and the unique style of celebrations of these festivals in our eyes, surely our life will be brightened in its hard times memorizing these festivities. As the festivals of India are major stress relievers, they make the people united and hence their smiles!
- Eastern India:
The sun rises in the East, with a new beginning of life. The sun sets out and skies with bright colors of light. In a similar way, the people of East India grabbing on all the enthusiasm and energy, and taking inspiration from the ‘Sun’ to celebrate their traditional festivals. They set a powerful example amongst all. Losar festival in Arunachal, Bihu in Assam, Hornbill festival in Nagaland, Chhath puja in Bihar, Wangla in Meghalaya. The states of Bengal are major worshippers of goddess Durga. The Durga Puja, Basant Panchami, Holi, Diwali, Kali Puja, etc. are some majorly celebrated festivals here. Other attractions include Rath Yatra in Jagannath Puri, Buddh Purnima, etc.
- Southern India:
South India is known as a ‘Culturally colorful state’. Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu, Onam and Thrissur Puram in Kerala, Hampi, Ugadi, and Karaga Utsav in Karnataka, Dasara, Mahamaham, etc. are some of the popular festivals in this area. The essence of culture in the south is deeply carved in each and every person living there. Along with the festivals, it is majorly rich in its intelligence and beautifully carved architectures in minds of people as well as the whole area.
“When put together,
They form a melody,
When sung together,
Miracally changes the weather...
Dancing on the beats,
Expression through actions,
Depicting the story,
Create the forms of glory...”
Dance and music are prioritized as the major part of festivals in the western parts of India. When the beautifully composed melodies along with the thump of drums and other instruments, the expression dancers, the enthusiastic people, the cheering voices, the sound of crackers, the brightness of lightings, and the blossoms of flowers; all build a perfect definition of any ‘Festival’ in Western Regions.
The Rajasthani folk celebrate vibrant festivals such as Gangaur, Teej, Urs, Braj Holi, Pushkar Fair, etc. Great Gujarat includes festivals like everyone’s favorite Garba, Rann Utsav, and Kite Festival during Makar Sankranti. Maharashtra ‘the homeland of culture’ widely celebrates its festivals starting from Gudi Padwa, Holi, Ramnavmi, Diwali, Dussehra, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, and many more. The culture of Maharashtra reflects the culture of other states.
The traditional festivals in Goa depict the Indian as well as Portuguese culture. Many carnivals, Christmas events are the main parts of attractions amongst all the festivals.
The heart of India, Madhya Pradesh celebrates the Gangaur festival, Malwa Utsav, Ujjain Kumbh Mela, Basant Panchami, Narmada Utsav, Mahashivaratri, Pachmari festival, and many musical fests as treat to citizens. The state of Madhya Pradesh offers many festivals that are only observed here in the state not anywhere else.
Along with this, Chhattisgarh has its own variety to offer among the list festivals of India such as cherchera, Koriya Mela, Fagun Wadai, Pola festival, Hareli festival, Teej festival, and much more.
As now we have traveled to the tour of festivals of India according to the regions, now let’s explore some of the commonly celebrated festivals of India in every part of it and also in many parts of the world.
- Diwali: The festival of lights! Symbolizing the victory of brightness over darkness. Diwali is a festival full of energy and celebrated for 5-6 days mainly, Basu Baras, Dhanteras, Laxmi Pujan, Bhaidooj, Padwa, and Govardhan Pujan. In times of Diwali, you’ll observe the colorfulrangolis, beautifully decorated houses, and buildings lightened up skies with crackers, lanterns, diyas everywhere, and praying the god for the wellness of others. Diwali is one of the favorite festivals of all as it brings the families together
- Holi: The festival of colors! Celebrated as the victory of good over evil and the festival of happiness and love. The festival symbolizes the love between Lord Krishna and Radha.
- Navratri & Dussehra: A festival celebrating the powerful Maa Durga, i.e. the festival of strength and power. Maa Durga is worshipped for 9 days and on the tenth day, i.e. Vijaya Dashmi, Maa has known to kill The Mahishasur, and also the Ravna was killed by Ram. Hence, this festival is marked as the biggest example of victory with power.
- Eid-Ul-Fitr: May India be a country that originated from Hinduism, but it does teach to respect every single religion associated with the people living in it. Hence, Muslims residing in India are never left blank with the celebrations. They visit the mosques and prayer. All their rituals and festivals are held in India every year and the prayers from all the people of different religions reach the creator!
- Christmas: The celebrations for all the Christians but happiness for all. This festival mainly marks the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated across India. People symbolize by a confetti of Santa caps, wonderful decorations, delicious fests, hanging bells, and many more. People visit the church, sing the holy songs, and pray the good for themselves and others.
- Guru Parab: Celebrating the birth anniversaries of the Sikh Gurus, this is one of the major festivals for Sikhs. All the Gurudwaras are beautifully lit up. Mainly the processions with various thrilling demonstrations, message giving acts, langars, etc. are the major parts.
So, let’s end up with few lines:
“LIVE INDIA. LIVE THE WORLD.
A BEAUTIFUL CREATION,
ALL IN ONE…!”
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