India Top Festivals Attraction for Foreigners – Plan Your India Trip Today
Being a highly spiritual country, festivals remain at the heart and lives of peoples of India. India, a land of diverse cultures and religions owns numerous and speckled festivals that are celebrated throughout the year and it offer amazing way of seeing great Indian culture. They also spot the beliefs and customs of the country. Some of the popular Indian festivals that are celebrated throughout the country are discussed below:
Diwali is no more a Hindu festival today as it is celebrated throughout the country and abroad. Diwali tribute the victory of good over evil and illumination over darkness and also has religious significance in religions like Sikhism and Jainism. It celebrates Lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their origin – the Kingdom of Ayodhya. Diwali is the festival known for all the fireworks and lit of Small clay lamps and candles. Undoubtedly, Diwali is one of the most likely festivals of the year.
Festival of Colors Holi, one of the renowned festivals in India is celebrated with great pomp and show and it also celebrates the victory of good over evil. Holi is just beyond a colourful event. During this joyous occasion, the people of India pour gulal and coloured powder on each other and along with that share smiles and formal embrace. People of different religions, Indian resident and foreigner participate in the joyous and colourful occasion of Holi. Making a trip to India and participating in carefree festival ‘Holi’ will add fun to your trip and offer you amazing experience on the whole.
Dussehra, Navaratri or Durga Puja is a festival of nights which continue for nine days. It is filled with dance in honor of the Mother Goddess. The tenth day, known as Dussehra, is devoted to celebrating conquer of the king Ravana by Lord Ram. It also corresponds with honored warrior Goddess Durga’s victory over the wicked buffalo demon Mahishasura. Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Kolkata. Big statues of the Goddess are made and inherited in the river there. People dresses up new clothes and worship the Goddess Durga- the Power and make Dussehra very colourful and unique.
Ganesh Chaturthi is important Hindu religious festivals of India celebrated to honor the birth of the God Ganesha. Huge handcrafted Ganesh idols are installed in homes or in public podiums. These statues of Lord Ganesha are amazingly constructed and beautifully decorated. Pujas are performed in the morning and evening hours. The Ganesh statues are paraded through the streets at the end of the festival. Cultural activities like singing, dancing and theatre etc are organized throughout the festival time. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and show in Maharashtra.
Eid-Ul-Fitr or Ramadan is one of the popular festivals of India. Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting; during which Muslim abstain from eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours. This is the time when Muslim pay tribute to God and offer extra prayer and devotion that usual. This is the time when worshippers read the holy book Quran and learn patience, spirituality, humility and compliance to God. Eid marks the end of Ramadan. Eid is the festival when Muslims wish each other Eid Mubarak and dress up best clothes and eat good food and sweet and then rush off to offer prayers.
One of the important Sikh festivals of India, Gurupurab is celebrated on full moon day in Kartika month to remember the lives and teachings of the gurus. The langars are organized in gurudwaras and Karah Prasad is circulated among all. The Sikh communities organize hymn chanting processions in the town. This is the occasion when people light up their homes with lamps and burst crackers to showcase their happiness.
Krishna Janmashtami or Govinda celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu according to Hindu tradition. Probably celebrated in the month of August or September, Janmastami is celebrated with great pomp and show in Mumbai in Maharashtra and Mathura & Vrindavan. Amazing flair is added to the festival with Dahi Handi ceremony, where handi contain items like curd, butter or money and hung high. Participants of the ceremony form a human pyramid to try and reach the clay pot and break it.
Christmas is one of the most renowned and awaited festival in across the globe and of course in India. Known to be the birth day of Lord Jesus, the eve is celebrated on December 25th every year across the world. Churches are lit up and adorned to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus. The festival happens to be of absolute worth for elders and children alike. Not only Christian but people of other religions as well wait for this day and decorate Christmas tree to get chocolates and gifts from Santa Claus. Meghalaya, Cochin and old Goa are some of the prominent places to see and experience the beauty of Christmas.
Now you know all the most famous festivals of India that widely attract the foreigners to step to this amazing country and celebrate these festivals with revived zeal.