List of Festivals and Carnivals in India
Carnivals and festivals are part of the day-to-day life of Indians just as anyplace in the world. They label harvesting and sowing at the time when peasants purchase and trade and use the chance of congregating to make a good time, dance, sing, pray or yet arrange weddings. The diverseness of India and its people constructs for a riot of colour and spectacle, not untinged with boisterousness.
India's spiritual and cultural diversity ensures that the great festivals of nearly all the major religious groups in the world are celebrated in a few parts or even in the whole nation. Holi, Diwali, Id-ul-fitr, Xmas, Easter, Buddha Purnima, Guru Nanak Jayanti and several functions are celebrated with pleasure and spiritual excitement but with a distinct Indianness put up by the mingling of the diverse streams that construct the ocean of India.
Indian festivals are specific pageants of colours, revelry and cultism. Given below are the number of several conspicuous festivals & events of India.
Makar Sankranti/Pongal: This festival is celebrated in South India as it is associated with harvest.
Vasant Panchami: It is a spring festival celebrated in respect of Saraswati, the Goddess of learning.
Republic Day - January 26: Commemorates India's acceptance of the Constitution.
Maha Shivaratri: Festival dedicated to the adoration of Shiva, one of the most powerful deities of the Hindu religion.
Holi: Extravagant festival of colours is a festivity that symbolizes the coming of spring.
Ramanavami: Marks the nativity of Lord Rama, an avatar of Vishnu.
Mahavir Jayanti: Stigmatizes the birth of the 24th and last tirthankar.
Good Friday: Marks the crucification of Jesus Christ.
Baisakhi: Celebrated in northern India, this festival marks the commencing of the Hindu solar New Year.
Gangaur: Rajasthani spring festival celebrated in respect of Parvati, the consort of Shiva.
Buddha Purnima: Celebrates the nativity of Gautama Buddha
Id-ul-Fitr: Celebrated at the final stage of Ramzan, a month of fasting for Islamist.
Rath Yatra: Prominent temple-festival in Puri, Orissa. Large Chariots are taken out in respect of Lord Jagannath.
Id-ul-Zuha: Muslim festival to remember Prophet Ibrahim's sacrifice of his son in obedience to a command of God.
Independence Day – August 15: Celebrates India's independence.
Teej : Rajasthani festival which welcomes the coming of monsoon.
Naga Panchami : Fete in which the cobra is worshipped in the form of Sesha, the thousand-hooked snake.
Muharram: Muslims immortalise the matyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
Onam: Harvesting festival celebrated in Kerala.
Raksha Bandha : Celebrated primarily in northern and western India. Sisters tie satiny, colourful rakhis around their brothers' wrists and pledge their love for one another.
Janmashtami: Nativity of Lord Krishna.
Ganesh Chaturthi: Clay mannequins of Ganesh, the auspicious elephant faced God, are adored and taken out in grand parade to be immersed in the ocean or a lake.
Gandhi Jayanti: It is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Dussehra: Celebrated with enthusiastic pomp and pagentary, the festival stands for the victory of good over evil.
Diwali: Festival of lamps. Lakshmi, the Godess of prosperity, is idolised.
Pushkar Fair: Large cattle marketplace and camel bazaar at Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Guru Nanak Jayanti: Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the father of Sikhism.
Christmas 25th December: Celebrated as the birth anniversary of Jesus of Nazareth.
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