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MAJOR INDIAN FESTIVALS

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
OCTOBER 25, 2012

   
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 MAJOR INDIAN FESTIVALS

India being a highly spiritual and multi-cultural society, festivals are at the heart of Indian life. The numerous festivals held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. The following provides you with a glimpse of some important festivals:

 

 

DEEPAWALI 

The "Festival of Lights" is known for fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles that are lit during the celebrations. These lights are said to represent the victory of good over evil, and brightness over darkness. The candlelight makes Diwali a very warm and bright festival, and it is observed with much joy and happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GANESH CHATURTHI

The spectacular 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival honors the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god Lord Ganesha The festival sees huge, elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha installed in homes and podiums, especially constructed and beautifully decorated. At the end, the statutes are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then submerged in the ocean.

 

 

 

HOLI

The "Festival of Colors".  Holi is a very carefree festival that's great fun to participate in if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. The Lathh Maar Holi of Mathura is famous the world over.

 

 

 

 

 

DUSSEHRA, DURGA PUJA, NAVRATRA

The first nine days of this festival are known as Navaratri, and are filled with dance in honor of the Mother Goddess. The tenth day, called Dussehra, is devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. It also coincides with the victory of the revered warrior Goddess  Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

 

 

 

SHRI KRISHNA JANMASHTMI

Krishna Janmashtami, commemorates the birthday of Lord Krishna. An extremely fun part of the festival involves people climbing on each other and forming a human pyramid to reach and break open clay pots filled with curd, which have been strung up high from buildings (dahi haandi).

 

KERALA ELEPHANT RACES

The Kerala temples are renowned for their exotic temple festivals. The large processions of elephants, are the main attractions of these festivals. The processions are accompanied by colorful floats, drummers and other musicians.

 

 

ONAM

Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It is a festival rich in culture and heritage. People decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns to welcome the King.

 

 

 

PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR

Thousands of camels converge on the desert town of Pushkar, Rajasthan for the Pushkar Camel Fair. The camels are dressed up, paraded, entered into beauty contests, raced, and of course traded. It's a great opportunity to witness an old, traditional style Indian festival.

 

 

 

PONGAL

The harvest festival in Tamil Nadu, to commemorate the start of the harvesting season.

 

 

 

 

 

BIHU

The harvest festival in Assam, to commemorate the start of the harvesting season.

 

 

 

BAISAKHI

The harvest festival in Tamil Nadu, to commemorate the start of the harvesting season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAUCHANDI FAIR

A fair devoted to communal harmony, held annually in Meerut.

 

 

 

PHOOL WAALON KI SAIR

A festival of gardens in Delhi, started to promote communal harmony.



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