Which is your favourite festival celebration?

India is best known for its wide variety of colourful festivals, languages, sports, dishes etc. I think, no other nation in this world celebrate so much celebrations as we Indians do. As it is a secular country, almost all religious festivals celebrated across the world is celebrated in India as well. So, which is your favourite festival? Which festival eve is most special for u?

Day after tomorrow, we Malayalis celebrate Onam. It is a celebration of almost 15 days and it is celebrated by all groups of people irrespective of religion which makes it special (Yet a few Muslim groups stay away). Onam is so special for every Malayalam speaking person, and every person has some deep childhood memories associated with it. For me too!

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I have lunch with my neighbor every year for Onam, very delicious, am looking forward to it this year as well. My own favorite festival is Diwali because it is such a joyful festival ,colorful and transports me back to y childhood days. 

usha manohar
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Sandhya Rani Nice to know. i too share some amazing childhood memories connected to Diwali. As my father is into fireworks business including manufacturing, as kids we had some amazing memories connected with Diwali. Currently residing in Thrissur, only Tamilians and bengalis celebrate Diwali with crackers here. Hindus light lamps. - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Shampa Sadhya Sandhya, Tamilians and Bengalis are also Hindus. Being Bengali we too decorate our houses by lighting lamps and burn crackers On this day we worship Goddess Kali. - Shampa Sadhya - 4 years ago

Ammavari Pandanga a local village Goddess festival and Sankranti are my favorite festivals. Ammavari Pandaga for my favorite non vegetarian food and Sankrant, Telugu new years day for its bonfire around which i sit and chitchat with my friends and relatives.

rambabu
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Sandhya Rani temple festival and non-vegetarian food? Similar to a thread of Ganesh Pooja...hihi - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
rambabu Yes. Traditions and religious rituals vary from place to place - rambabu - 4 years ago

My favorite festivals are of course, Diwali, followed by Ganesh Utsav and Gauri Poojan. Ganesh and Gauri installed in my home is a wonderful and beautiful experience. These 5-6 days of celebration are marked by a divine feeling in the atmosphere, aromas and fragrance of special traditional foods, flowers, attars, burning of camphor and incense etc. Laughter and joyful chatter of my son, niece, nephews, guests in home etc.

The best part is the time spent with either my sister or sister-in-law is when we install the Gauris, spend time decking them up with beautiful new sarees and various jewellery. IMG 20160905 203114 Copy

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Kalyani Nandurkar
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Sandhya Rani lovely photos and great answer with explanations. i wish I could join your celebrations once and see your pooja room, of course - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani we have vishu celebrations (New Year festival, most probably on April 14th and 15, where we decorate our Krishna idols with seasonal yellow flowers, fruits, vegetables etc. Gold ornaments, money and many good things like mirror are placed, and on new year morning, we see him first. Decorations will be done at late night by the elder woman of the home - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Bajirao Wow Lovely photos and nice decoration - Bajirao - 4 years ago

I love Diwali festival. I find Diwali as most enjoyable and brightful festival. Lot of things we do in 5 days of Diwali festival. The most important part of Diwali I like is decoration of house and preparation of diwali food items like chakali, chiwada, ladoos, etc. 

This festival makes environment very pleasant and happy. I enjoy when we family members gather during Diwali, sit and chat till late night. 

Bajirao
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Kalyani Nandurkar Yes, preparations for Diwali, aromas of all that lovely stuff, the smell of earthern lamps and diyas etc. are just so beautiful. I really like preparing all those dishes, rangolis on the door step etc. It is one of the best times of the year! - Kalyani Nandurkar - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani so, diwali is most favourite festival of majority of Hindus across the world. BTW, do you get leave for 5 days, for such gatherings of relatives and family members? - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Bajirao Schools has holidays during Diwali but working class people don't 5 days holiday, may be 1-2 days off. Some people do take 5 days of vacation during Diwali.. - Bajirao - 4 years ago

Hey Sandhya ... hope you had a great onam. And a special High-Five for being a malayali... This year onam was special as it was the my daughters first onam (she is 6 months old). And every year after marriage onam is one festival where my parents come to our home without fail. So i love onam for that too... :):)

Divya
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Sandhya Rani glad to see a Malayali in the group. What's your native place, and currently where are you residing? - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Divya I'm frm adoor... My hubby from mavelikara... Currently we are settled in Chennai... How about you?? Ur native?? - Divya - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani So u r frm Kollam, south kerala. Me from Thiruvananthapuram, Neyyattinkara. "Thiruvanthoram" in Suraj Venjaramood style...haha/ I too have friends and relatives settled in Chennai. But dont know current address. Currently am at Thrissur, just 6 kms away frm town. Not settled, but as a part of job...... - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani Today is Pulikali in Thrissur, why cant u join... haha? - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago

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My first choice is Durga Puja. Diwali and Bhai Dooj come second and Saraswati Puja has a special place in my heart. As student praying to Goddess Saraswati was an important ritual and now I pray her more than I did during my childhood due to my son's educational future. Bengalis have a special connection with Durga Puja so I am no exception to it. Diwali is basically a nation wide festival which is to drive away darkness and Bhai Dooj (in Bengali it's Bhai Phota) is very special as it strengthens the bond between brothers and sisters.  

Shampa Sadhya
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Sandhya Rani Saraswati Pooja is associated with Navaratri celebrations, and hope it's the same with your Bengal also. Kids are initiated to studies on Vidyarambam day. I doubt if such ceremonies are done in Mumbai, Delhi, UP etc, where our books and instruments/weapons are placed for Saraswati Pooja for two days - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Shampa Sadhya No, in Bengal, Bihar and other parts of Eastern India Saraswati Puja is not associated with Navaratri. Saraswati Puja is also known as Basant Panchami and usually falls at the end of Jan or mid Feb. In Bengali we call Hathe Khori which is a formal practice among Bengalis during which a child is made to write on a slate by the priest on Saraswati Puja before the beginning of his/her education life. Yes, books. pens, pencils and musical instruments are kept beside the idol of Goddess Saraswati. - Shampa Sadhya - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani reading your reply now only. so nice - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani Saraswathi Pooja and Vidyarambham - it's associated with Navratri celebrations in Kerala, n I think Tamil Nadu too. "Harishree" is written in a plate of rice to mark the beginning of his studies. It's also done by Christians, but writing something else...but the same day of Vijayadasami which Hindus do so - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago

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My favorite one is Durga Puja, the Grand celebration for ten days. I enjoy every bit of it- the daily puja, visiting pandals, enjoying the delicacies and my favorite dandiya. Now a days I stay in South India. So have witnessed a total different flavor of the festival - Golu, the arrangements of dolls on steps. Enjoy visiting my friends houses who invite us for Golu and Haldi Kumkum.

Next on my list is Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj. Brought up in a huge joint family and being the only girl, these festivals bring a nostalgic feeling. Tying rakhi to more than dozen hands and overwhelmed by the love and gifts. Now we all are in different corners of Globe but these two days bring that feeling back. Calls from my brother and big gang of cousins, their love and blessings keep pouring on phone though we have not met for years. And on a lighter note, I enjoy the transactions- cash flow from different corners of the world in to my bank account and a lots of gifts through courier.

Arunima Singh
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Sandhya Rani where are you staying in south india now? Here brahmins and certain communities make Bommagulu where Hindu idols are decorated and conducted pooja for 10 days. It's deeply linked to Tamil culture. For we people, Saraswati Pooja is most special to start education or do anything or projects new. - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Sandhya Rani am saying about navaratri celebrations - Sandhya Rani - 4 years ago
Arunima Singh I am in Bangalore, even we consider saraswati puja on basantpanchami to start education for a child - Arunima Singh - 4 years ago

I am from Uttar pradesh so Deepawali is my best festival and also like Holi as second priority and Janamstmi I also like so much. 

Santosh Kumar Singh
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I like all festivals.

Sheetal Kumar N
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