India has many religions and hundreds of customs and festivals where people from different religions coexist harmoniously. The wide variety of festivals celebrated in India is a true manifestation of its rich culture and traditions. Travel and explore India to experience these amazing festivals in India. ‘The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals’, so the greatness of a country like India can be examined by sparing a glance at the vivid and variations list of festivals in India. | The Best Festivals to celebrate in India |
5 Best Festivals to celebrate in India
Holi ‘the festival of colors’ is one of the famous festivals of India celebrated with a lot of fervor across the country. On the eve of Holi, people make huge Holika bonfires, sing and dance around it. The really fun part involves people throwing colored powder on each other and squirting each other with water guns. In North India, Holi celebrates the victory of devotion and purity over wickedness and ego.
Maha Shivaratri is an annual event in honor of the great Lord Shiva. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. This festival has a huge significance in Hindu mythology celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun. The celebration of the festival includes keeping a day long and night long fast by devotees, performing rituals and offering prayers to the traditional Mahashivalingam.
Diwali honors the victory of good over evil and brightness over darkness. It is one of the most prominent Hindu festivals in India and is celebrated with a lot of pomp and snow. People wear new clothes, participate in family puja, burst crackers and share sweets with each other. It celebrates lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, following the defeat of Ravan and rescue of Sita on Dussehra. Diwali is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is an 11-day long celebration that honors the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by both Shiva and Vishnu worshippers as he is considered to be an avatar of Shiva and Vishnu. After 10 days of celebration, the idol is taken with pomp and show to be immersed in water.
Durga Puja is a 5-day long carnival in Bengal with religious associations in honor of Goddess Durga. The worship of Goddess Durga is accompanied by cultural songs, dances, and dramas by devotees. This festival coincides with Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura and huge statues of the Goddess Durga are made and immersed in the river for the celebration.