Celebrations and festivities are meant to bring joy and happiness in our life. During festivals, we tend to forget rivalry, embracing love and friendship. India is well known for its cultural diversity all over the world. Various festivals are celebrated here with full zeal and zest which offers a unique way of observing Indian culture at its best.
Here is the list of five such festivals which live in the hearts of Indians:
Diwali is known as the ‘festival of lights.’ All the fireworks, lamps and candles are illuminated celebrating brightness over darkness. It is jubilated on account of returning of Lord Rama and his wife Sita to their kingdom Ayodhya after Rama defeated Ravana. Diwali time is one of the biggest shopping seasons in India. Gifts, sweets, utensils and clothes are bought on large scale. As the festival approaches, there is cleanliness, renovation and decoration all around. New outfits, sweets and rows of lights and lamps are the highlights of this festival.
Holi is famous as festival of colors. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun. It indicates the arrival of spring bringing a new refreshing sense. It is a carnival of colors; people spray coloured powder and water on one another. The festival creates a fun and carefree ambience; people dance, party and throw colors. The speciality of the festival, gujiya is made and bought widely across the country.
3. Raksha Bandhan
As the name says, it is the knot of protection; popular as rakhi. It is the most pious festival of India. It signifies the sacred bond of love and duty between brothers and sisters. The day is marked by tying a thread on brother’s wrist by his sister which symbolises sister’s love for her brother’s well-being and brother’s vow to protect her. The festival is generally used in discussion among friends to tease one another and their love interests.
The people of Islamic religion celebrate Eid with prayers, gifts and sweets. Eid means ‘khushi’ or ‘happiness.’ There are two Eid celebrations: Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Azha. Eid-Ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. The day, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. People do musafa and wish eid-mubarak. Eid-Ul- Azha also called Bakr-Eid or sacrifice feast is made with fervour and gaiety. It usually starts with a Sunnah prayer. It signifies faith towards God and shows the importance of sacrifice or qurbani.
Navratri celebrates the worship of Hindu Goddess Durga. Navratri means ‘nine nights’ and the tenth day is called Dusshera or Vijaydashami. The nine days represent the nine colors of Goddess Durga. Generally, people fast for the first seven days and on the eighth day, astami and ninth day, navami, they break their fast by calling young girls or kanyas home and treat them as the goddesses. The girls are served with traditional aloo, puri and halwa. Some people also organise functions and events to perform dandiya and garba.