India is known for its culture and heritage. People following different religions live here peacefully. The festivals in India depict diversity in their culture and religion. There are numerous festivals in India that are celebrated throughout the year. But if you are not aware of the Indian culture and festivals, then here is the List of 10 Famous Fairs and Festivals in India which you should not missed:
Holi is the festival of colors. It is the celebration of the victory of Prince Prahlad over the evil Holika and the welcome of spring. People make bonfires in their locality and burn them signifying the burning of Holika herself. The next day, you can see the vibrant colors all over India. People apply colors to each other, play with water, and make delicious food at home. It is celebrated with a lot of crazes all over the country. You will fall in love with the colors flying around.
Diwali is another magnificent festival of India. It is known as the “festival of lights”. It signifies the celebration of the homecoming of Lord Ram after the long exile of 14 years. At night, the view of the place is beautiful. People decorate their houses with candles, diyas, and firecrackers to show their enthusiasm.
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Dussehra is another major Hindu festival in India. It is celebrated as a victory of Lord Ram over the Demon king Ravana. It signifies the victory of good over evil. The festival is celebrated by Ram Leela acts in many places, portraying various major events of Ramayana. The huge statues made of paper and wood are burned to signify the burning of evil.
4. Durga Pooja
The grandeur of this festival can be seen in Bengal. People have a long celebration of 10 days. Praying, fasting, dancing, and singing makes the festival a must-visit. It signifies the seeking of blessing by Lord Ram by goddess Durga before going on war with Ravana.
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This festival is the celebration of the birth of the most loved Hindu God Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated with full excitement in Mathura and Vrindavan. People fast throughout the day and break it at night with a special meal.
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6. Ganesh Chaturthi
The hype of the festival is a beautiful sight in the state of Maharashtra. It is celebrated for the birth of the Hindu God Lord Ganesha. The idols are brought home for 10 days of Pooja and the last day is visarjan when the idol is taken for immersion in the sea.
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Gurupurab is one of the major Sikh festivals in India. It is celebrated as the anniversary of the ten Sikh Gurus. It is celebrated by langars, decorating their houses by candles and burning crackers.
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Eid-Ul-Fitr is one of the major Muslim festivals celebrated in India. It is the celebration of the ending of the month of Ramadan. After a month of fasting, people celebrate this festival by distributing sweets and praying.
Hemis is a religious festival celebrated in Ladakh. Lots of tourists visit there to attend the colorful festival of Hemis. It is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the founder of Tibet Buddhism.
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Onam festival holds great significance in the Southern States of India. People wear traditional clothes, prepare many meals, and indulge in various activities like boat races, elephant procession, and dance. It is celebrated for the welcoming of legendary King Mahabali.
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India is filled with colors all year round as the celebration of these festivals is never-ending. Witnessing these festivals up close will give you immense pleasure and thrill. Next time you visit India, don’t miss these festivals.