In India, a Festival is called Utsav originates from the Sanskrit word, Utsava which means “Removal of Sorrows” or ” Removal of Griefs” it plays a significant role in our Culture & Country.In India, it is stated your travel experience is not complete without experiencing festivals.
The diverse and different types of festivals that are kept throughout the year offer a unique way of understanding Indian culture at its best. Being a Spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. At any time of the year, all over the country, festivals celebrating religion, the phases of the moon, culture, the seasons. Festivals of India is a Major Part of the Country.
So these are some of those festivals and never miss these festivals:
Of course, Diwali will always be the first one there is no Doubt about it.Diwali is the most celebrated festivals of India.When Diwali starts, everyone flooded with euphoria it brings all the relatives, and it brings the family together.It is a Dream of Foodies and Children who are waiting for the sweets and especially everyone’s favorite Kaju Katri.
2. Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaviti is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha throughout India with great love.This day is observed as the anniversary of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed boy of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of knowledge, success, and happiness.
Holi is a spring celebration in India and Nepal, also acknowledged as the Festival of Colours or the Festival of Sharing Love.The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the other day, or the second day is known as Rangpanchami, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.It is celebrated in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant communities of Hindus or people of Indian origin or Nepalese diaspora. Recently the festival has grown to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors.
Navratri festival is celebrated two times in a year with great zeal and enthusiasm in all over India. The first time it is celebrated as Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri in March-April and the second time as Sharad Navratri in the months of September-October.
5. Durga Pooja
Durga Puja festival is observed from the sixth to tenth day of the bright lunar fortnight in the Bikram Sambat Calendar month of AshwinThe festival represents the great victory of Goddess Durga over the Buffalo demon named Mahishasura.
6. Krishna Janmashtami
The birthday of Hinduism’s favorite Lord Krishna is a special occasion for Hindus, who consider him their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher, and friend all rolled into one.Krishna took birth at midnight on the Ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Janmashtami.The Dahi Handi celebrate God’s playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human towers to reach a high-hanging pot of curd and break it.
The harvest festival Onam is the major festival celebrated in Kerala, India. It is also the State festival of Kerala with State holidays on 4 days starting from Onam Eve (Uthradom) to the 3rd Onam Day.
8. Makar Sankranti
Uttarayan (known as Makar Sankranti in other parts of India) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the decline of winter and start of Spring. The days become longer, the skies clearer and the breeze cooler. People of all ages fly kites from dawn to dusk and it is also harvest festival.[bctt tweet=”Makar Sankranti is One of Few Indian Festival Celebrated on the same day of English Calendar #nomadicnirvana #festivalsofindia” username=”nirvananomadic”]
9. Gudi Padwa
Gudi Padwa, the first Holy festival which marks the beginning of the New Year, the new month and new day for the Hindus falls on 8th April 2016On this very day Lord Brahma created the Universe. Therefore for Hindus, this day carries special importance. Gudi Padwa is one of the most famous harvesting festivals of India.
Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra or Ayudhapuja, is an important Hindu festival celebrated in a variety of ways in Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and parts of Pakistan.”Dussehra” is derived from Sanskrit; Dasha-hara is a form of Dashanan ravan (“Ravana’s defeat”).The day also marks the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura.
11. Raksha Bandhan
This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana in India. Raksha Bandhan also called Rakhi Purnima or simply Rakhi in many parts of India and Nepal, is a Hindu religious and secular festival.In simple words, Raksha Bandhan means “Bond of Protection”The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.
Hemis Gompa, the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh plays host to the popular yearly festival day called Hemis Festival. The Hemis Festival is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) venerated as the Dance Performance at Hemis Monastery representative reincarnate of Buddha.The day has been declared as the state holiday.
Bihu denotes a set of three different cultural festivals of Assam and celebrated by the Assamese diaspora around the world.
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