Many festivals in India are celebrated by gathering of masses while many are simple home affairs of fasting, prayers and greetings. These colorful festivals are held nearly all over the country with fun and gaiety.
Some of the important festivals are Diwali, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dusshera, Krishan Janamastmi, Raksha Bandhan and Navratri. The festivals have universal appeal, some are associated with seasons thereby increasing their importance in day to day lives of the people.
National Holidays are declared on occasion of major religious celebrations. State holidays are declared for festivities which have regional importance. In many Indian States fairs and religious gatherings take place for colorful activities. For many communities these events augur a new financial year or initiation of new ventures.
Apart from prayers the major part of the activities is the feast that is served. The fare is vegetarian along with sweets, special dishes are cooked on these occasions.