India, being a land of rich and varied culture, festivals become a part and parcel of life. There are numerous festivals in India which are celebrated by different communities in different regions. However, there are some festivals which are celebrated with utmost fervor by all throughout the length and breadth of the nation. This article elaborates six prominent Indian festivals and their way of celebration. Take a read:
Diwali or Deepawali is one of the most prominent Hindu festivals of India which is celebrated across the country with great fervour. Also, known as the festival of lights, Diwali brightens one’s life like no other festival. This festival marks the return of Lord Rama along with his brother Laxman, and wife Sita to Ayodhya after a long exile of 14 years. And, thus during Diwali, people decorate their houses with fancy lights, clay lamps, candles, and rangoli. On Diwali, everyone wears new clothes, burst crackers, and exchange gifts or sweets with loved ones.
Holi or the festival of colors is another famous festival of India which is celebrated by people with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. The festival signifies the triumph of good over evil and also the arrival of Spring. On Holi, people gather with their loved ones and apply colors on each other. Children use fancy water guns and colored water balloons and mark the celebration of Holi. Elders drink bhag thandai (Indian Cannabis cold drink) and play colors with their loved ones.
Raksha Bandhan is another important festivals of India which holds a major importance in Hinduism. This festival signifies the unbreakable bond between a brother and a sister. On this day, the sister ties a sacred thread or rakhi around her brother’s wrist and pray for his well being. The brother in return offer rakhi gifts to his sister and take an oath to protect his sister against all odds. throughout the life. Nowadays, there are many types of rakhis available in the market so, make sure to tie a fancy rakhi on your brother hand.
Eid is one of the most important festivals of India which is celebrated by the Muslim community with utmost grandeur. During Eid, people wear new clothes and go to Mosques for a special community prayer in the morning. Children love this festival the most because they are given Eidi (money or gift) by elders. On this Day, people visit their friends and relatives to wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak’ and exchange sweets.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten day festival when people bring Ganesha idols to their homes, worship Him with utmost devotion, and on the last day of the festival, they immerse the Ganesha idol in water. This festival marks the birthday of the Lord Ganesha and is mainly observed in the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh with utmost fervor. During this festival, a lot of cultural activities like singing, dancing etc take place.
Onam is another major festival of India which is popular in the south Indian state of Kerala. During Onam, people decorate their houses with flowers, prepare Onasadya or a meal of about 13 dishes. Onam celebrates the homecoming of king Mahabali. The major attractions of this festival are the Snake boat race, Kaikottikali dance, and the elephant procession. This festival reflects the rich art and culture of South India.
These are some of the most important Indian festivals that infuses a air of happiness in everyone’s life.