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There are many festivals which are celebrated in particular areas only. Characteristics of all the festival holidays in India are bright colours, brightly lit religious places, dresses and ornaments, illuminated houses, sweets and traditional dresses and dances and unwavering enthusiasm. It is a lovely country where everyday there is a separate festival going on in some part of it.

There are 3 main religions and many other religions which were believed in India and all have their own festivals. Christian festivals (Easter, Good Friday and Christmas) in India have all the colour that is found in Indian celebrations, Muslims in India observe all Islamic festivals (Muhorram, Bakra Eid, Eid Ul Fitr) celebrated internationally and Sikhism also continued with some of the major festivals (Holla Mohalla, Lohri, Guru Purab, Guru Nanak Jayanti) that Hindus celebrated. Buddhist festivals (Ullambana, Buddha Purnima, Losar, Hemis Gompa) are centered on events connected to the Buddha, Jews celebrate their own festivals(Passover, Chanukah), The Zoroastrian, or Parsi, community is the smallest major religious group in India but they also have their own festivals( Jamshed Navroz, Khordad Sal, Gahambars, Zarhost No Deeso).

Indians celebrate National festivals which has formal celebrations such as Republic Day “26th of January”, Gandhi Jayanti “2nd of October”, Children’s Day “14th of November”, Independence Day “15th of August”, Teacher’s Day “5th of September”.

New Year, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day and Valentine’s Day etc…are also celebrated in India like in many other countries.

Their rituals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm; the culture is so rich that almost every month there is a festival to celebrate.

Hindus celebrate almost everything such as the birth of Gods, new months, full moons, harvests, marriages, births, anniversaries, initiations, new moons etc with music, dance and processions.

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated over several days in October and November;

Dussehra is the celebration of the triumph of good over evil in all around India and takes 10days; Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna in August;

Onam is a harvest festival, it is time to thank God for the bountiful yield during 10days in August and September;

Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom around August and September; Naga Panchami is the festival of snakes in July and August;

Vasant Panchami is a spring festival which held in January in honor of Saraswati, the goddess of learning;

Ramanavami is an Indus lunar holiday (on the 9th day of March and April) to celebrate the birth of Rama;

Holi is a water festival held during full moon on February to celebrate the beginning of spring;

Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu and people thank God for a bountiful harvest in January;

Shivratri is an anniversary of Shiva’s creation dance and his wedding anniversary in February;

Rakhi is held every august for the bond of love between sisters and brothers throughout the year;

Ganga Yatra is a bathing festival for celebration the descent to earth of the goddess of Ganges in May and June;

Kumbh Mela is the largest religious fair in India and held every twelve years.


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