Most Loved Religious and Cultural Festivals in India | Full Enjoyment of the Year.
This is the complete list of festivals of India from the next half part of the year. This part of the year is full of festivals that brings a new energy among all and also consists of those who shows the Culture of India and the reality of life.
In this part of the year, the festival of lights- “DIWALI” comes which depicts the victory of light over the darkness and 20 days before from Diwali, Dussehra is celebrated which is the symbol of victory of Good over the Evil.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami
Indian Independence Day
Diwali ( May vary in October and November)
|November||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
Festivals in August:
Raksha-bandhan ( The festival of Love between Brother and Sister):
This festival plays a great role in increasing love between Brother and Sister. On this day sisters tie Rakhi on the wrists of Brothers and wish for their safety and long life. Similarly, brothers also promise their sisters to protect them from all the bad situations in their life. This festival is celebrated all over the world where Indians reside with great love and excitement. This makes the strong bond of love between brothers and sisters.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami:
This festival belongs to the most loved Lord Krishna (Kanha, Kanhaiya). According to the beliefs, on this day Lord Krishna took birth in the Jail of Mathura in the Midnight and his father King Vasudeva took him to the Head of Gokul, Nanda to protect him from the brother of Devaki, Kansa who was the tyrant king of Mathura. On this day, various dramas are performed on Shri Krishna’s Raas-Leela and Dahi-Handi is also organized at various places. This festival is most popular in regions of Mathura, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam and all the other parts of India.
Indian Independence Day:
This great indian festival is celebrated every year on 15 August which symbolises love and respect to the nation. On this Day, our incredible country india got free from a long slavery of the East India Company. This day is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm and zeal. This day fills the hearts with great love and patriotism towards the country. On this day, the Prime Minister of India hosts the Indian Flag at Red Fort, New Delhi followed by and addresses the nation. 21 Cannons were fired at equal time intervals along with the National Anthem. Flag Hosting, Parade and other cultural programmes are also organised on the Independence day of India.
This festival is celebrated in all the parts of India but is celebrated grandly in the state of Maharashtra. On this day, Lord Ganesh is worshipped and people bring idols of Lord Ganesha to their homes or society to worship for 10 days. Ganesh festival in Maharashtra continues for 10 days and on the last day of the festival there is a Ganesh Visarjan which is the end of the festival. On this day the immersion (Visarhan) is done by the Devotees who bring Ganpati Bappa ( Lord Ganesha) into waters.
Onam is the festival originated from Kerala. Currently it is celebrated all over India. This festival is celebrated to worship the Fifth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Vamana. This festival is celebrated for 10 days and the motive is to bring the feeling of love and relatedness among people.
Festivals in October:
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated in India as the birthday of the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi. This is celebrated every year in various educational institutions like- Schools, Colleges, Universities and also in various Offices to pay homage to the “Father of the Nation”. Currently, Gandhi Jayanti is also associated with the Cleanliness Mission of India – “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”
Durga Pooja is a hindu festival celebrated in the victory of Mother Goddess over Devil Mahishasura. This is a ten (10) day festival celebrated in the months of September and October. This festival is celebrated in the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. On this day, the streets are decorated with lights and various pandals have been built in which various bhajans of Goddesses were sung throughout the festival. The dates of the Durga Pooja may vary.
Navratri is the most popular festival among Indians. This festival is celebrated till 9 (Nine) days and on each day a different goddess is worshipped . The Goddess belongs to the 9 Forms of Goddess Shakti. Most people took fast during all the nine days of the Navratri. On the Ninth day of the Navratri there is a Bhandara on which the favourite dish of Goddess Aadi Shakti is distributed as their “Prashad” among all the people. At many places Dandiya and Garba is organized to celebrate the festival with a large community.
Dussehra is celebrated on the 10 (Tenth) day of Navratri . This day is celebrated as the win of Good over Evil. On this day, the Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Shri Ram took victory over Demon King Ravan. This festival has a strong faith among the people. This day is meant for destroying the bad habits in fire of the effigy of Ravan. Many programmes are also organized on Dussehra of “Ravan Dahan”.
Diwali or Deepawali:
This is the festival of Lights and Happiness. This may vary in the months of October and November. This day is celebrated in happiness of the arrival of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after a long exile of 14 years. On this day, people make their houses clean and decorate with different color lights and diyas. On this day, the first worshipped Ganesha and Goddess Lakashmi is worshipped for health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. People prepare Rangoli, decorate their homes with lights, eat sweets and wear new clothes on Diwali. On this auspicious occasion, everyone should take a pledge to help the poor so that darkness will never be in their houses.
Festivals in November:
Guru Nanak Jayanti:
This is the most important festival for the Sikh Community all over the world. This day is celebrated as the birthday of the first Guru of Sikhs- Shri Guru Nanak who started Sikhism. Their birthday is celebrated the whole month and various programme of martial arts and Swordsmanship took place in Punjab.
This festival starts with worshipping Guru Nanak in various Gurudwaras in the morning and various programmes all over the day.
Festivals in December:
Christmas and New Year:
Christmas is celebrated on 25 December every year as the birthday of Jesus Christ. This festival is the most awaited festival all over the world and for children this plays a great excitement as Santa Claus came to give gifts to the children on this day. On this day, Christian Community worships Jesus Christ in Churches and prays for peace in the world.
Christmas festival have a great gathering in Goa and is the favourite spot for celebration of Christmas and New Year along.
Various programmes and parties took place at this season and everyone from all over the world enjoyed nightlife on the beaches of Goa and woke up to welcome the New Year every year on 31 December.