Festivals of India
Festival, only from its name it generates feeling of joy, happiness, enjoyment and India is the land of festivals. Festivals of India are celebrated from heart. India itself is a deity whom whole country worships. India is rich in festival because people of different religion lives here harmoniously.
Here, god has many names. In every region, people worship different forms of god and so are festivals of India, unique, special, having some belief for each of them and giving some message for the mankind.
Some of the major festivals of India are:
1. Diwali – Diwali is a festival which lights up the whole environment. People make or bought ‘mitti’ diyas and lighten up them on this auspicious day. It has the message of good power defeating the evil. When Shri Ram after defeating Ravaan comes back to Ayodhya, people celebrated that moment and since from ancient time this ritual continues.
2. Holi – Holi is festival of colours. People celebrate this day by putting colours on each other. This festival shows the true worship of Prahlad towards Lord Vishnu and how Lord saves Prahlad when Holika sits on fire with him.
3. Makar Sankranti – Uttrayan, Kichdi are some other names of this festival. On this day, people fly kites in the sky. It is actual new year of Hindu, they make ’til ladoos’ on this day. This is start of new agriculture cycle.
4. Raksha Bandhan – Raksha Bandhan is a festival where sister tie ‘Rakhi’ on their brother’s hand with a wish that this will keep their brother safe and brother’s in turn brother swaer to protect her sister. This shows the true bond between borther and sister.
5. Janmashtami – Krishna janamashtami will be the more specific phrase to describe this festival as Lord Krishna took birth on this day. This day depicts the birth of a Lord to end up the evil from this earth.
6.Ganesh Chaturthi – Ganesh Chaturthi is a day when Lord Ganesha took birth. This is celebrated for 10 days with idol installed in pandals, homes and on last day ‘visarjan’ of idol happens in pond, lake etc.
7. Navratri – Navratri the festival celebrated for 9 days worshiping various form of Goddess Durga. People play Dandia, Raas Garba in these 9 days. Every day is day of a specific from of Goddess. Some people do fasting for these 9 days.
8. Dusherra – Dusherra is celebrated for the day when Lord Rama killed Ravaan. On this day, RamLila is played depicting the story. People burn hand made Ravaan every year on this day showing victory of good over evil and fire cracker is burnt.
9. Durga Pooja – Durga Pooja is celebrated for 10 days and on last day Dusheera is celebrated. People worship Goddess Durga in this festival.
10. Maha ShivratriMaha Shivratri is celebrated by worshipping Lord Shiva by offering him dhatura, milk and favourite Bel patra. It is an important festival for woman to get marital bliss.
11. Chhath – Chath is a festival where Lord Sun is worshipped. This is a festival where Lord Sun is given ‘ardhya’ for evening and other day in morning. Decotees do fasting also in this time.
12. Pongal – On Pongal people burn bonfires, wear tradition attire, make sweets. It is the thanks giving to nature for the first harvest made in year.
13. Christmas – Christmas is celebrated as on this day Lord Jesus took birth. All churches are lit up and children wait for the gift from Santa.
14. Eid-ul-fitrThis is a festival where people meet their relatives, friend and exchange sweets. Children gets idi from elders.
15. Baisakhi – Baisakhi is celebrated as the first harvest season of Rabi crops. People present dance form like Gidda and Bhangra.
16. Basant Panchami – Goddess Sarawati is worshipped on this day, it is an imporatant day where people worship Goddess of Knowledge.
17. Govardhan Pooja – Annakut Pooja is another name of this festival. This is celebrated as a day when Lord Krishna defeated God of Rain ‘Indra’.
18. Bhai Dooj – Bhai Dooj is another festival that depicts the special bond between brother and sister. On this day sister put tika on brother’s forehead and give them gifts with a pray for protection of brother and brothers bless their sister.
This is a small list of festival which I recognize, there is no need to this list and India is a land of festivals where people celebrate days with joy and happiness.