Celebrating Indian Festivals: A Great Funfilled Experience

by pateluday

Discover Indian Festivals and find out how they are celebrated. Most of the festivals are celebrated during the period indicated by lunar position and celestial movements..

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 India 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.


The crux of this celebration is the victory of good over evil. The festival celebrates the Rama destroying the evil King of Sri Lanka called Ravana. Ravana is represented as ten headed in order to express his power and strength. The fight ensues whence he abducts Sita Lord Ramas wife.     

To mark the end of Dusshera on the 10th day called Vijiya Deshmi large effigies of Ravana along with his son Meghnad are set to fire. This is done in New Delhi and other places.

Unique feature of Dusshera are plays based on Ramayan called Ram Lila which take place throughout the country. These are also enacted in local and regional languages in India.

Traditional Martial Arts

Martial Arts during Festivals
Martial Arts during Festivals

Diwali Festival

This is the most popularly held festival in India and has special significance for Hindus.   The event takes place for four days or more. Diwali is celebration of Lord Rama, Sita and brother Laxman  returning back to Ayodhya from exile. The people lighted special lamps made of sand to guide the family while returning back. Hence Deepavali as the festival is also called is held by lighting these lamps and bursting crackers. In modern times electric fittings have replaced the ancient lamps.  

This is also the occasion to celebrate the killing of a demon called Naraksura by Lord Krisna.

Diwali in Photo

Diwali Lightening
Diwali Lightening
Neeraj Vegad

Navratri Festival Photo

Durga Immersion
Navratri Festival
Navratri Festival
Neeraj Vegad

Navratri Festival

Durga Festival

This is the festival that goes on for nine nights in India. During this period Goddess Shakti in forms of Durga or Kali is worshiped. In many parts of the country statues are made and then erected in tented dais or pandals and worshiped.

In Gujarat Navratri is celebrated by organization of dance and music. The dance also known as Raas Garba is a major event that continues for nine days. The popularity of this dance is spreading to many parts of the country. The festival ends with the immersion of Durga or Kali Statue as may be the case. 

In Kolkutta in West Bengal Durga Pooja as the event is known is celebrated the most. All the offices and business are closed officially.

Garba Dance

Festival in Rajasthan

Camels at Pushkar
Puskar Ferstival
Puskar Ferstival

Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan

Pushkar Fair

This event is unique because of the Brahma Temple and livestock trading. It is held for fifteen days from Kartik Ekadhsi to Poornima that is the full moon day.  The festivities go on for full day whence Lord Brahma the creator in holy trinity sprung up the lake.

Chandra Baggha Fair

The river Chandrabaggha is considered holy and during the months of October and November a fair is organized. The venue is at Jhalavartan about six km from Jhalawar Town in Rajasthan.  Livestock trading also takes place. The animals traded  are camel, horses, elephants, cows and goats. Bullock Carts are also sold here. 

Gangaur Festivital

For conjugal bliss women of Rajasthan worship Shiva and his consort Parvati. The worship begins from the 1st month of Hindu Calender in March and April whence winter comes to an end. The clay idols are used for worship and the the event culminates on 18th day whence a fair is organized.  The clay idols are immersed on the Gangaur Lake. The processions takes place along with singing and dancing in company of performers, camels, chariots and  bullock carts.   


Holi Video

Holi Spring Festival

Holi Celebrations
Holi Celebrations

Holi Festival

Holi is a spring festival celebrated all over India mon full moon day of Phalgun Month according to the Hindu Calendar. The slaying of Holika a demon by Bhakt Prahlad a devotee of Lord Vishnu lead to celebration of this event. Before Holi a replica of the demon Holika is set to fire. The next day people play with water colors and colored powder called Gulal.

Colored water is poured on people using pails and water guns. The festivities continue throughout the day and many people consume light intoxicant called bhang. The feast includes many types of sweets and snacks.   

Celebrating Holi

Neeraj Vegad

Ganesh Chaturthi

This festival marks the arrival of Lord Ganesha on Earth. The God is represented as one with an elephant's head and trunk. He is considered as blessing for all things starting new.  The celebration continues for nine day whence clay idols of Ganesha are worshiped. This festival is organized with lots of pomp and gaiety in the Indian State of Maharashtra.   

Prayers are held every day in households as well in public where large statues of the Lord are placed. On a propitious day the idols are immersed in the lakes and rivers.  

Lord Ganesha

Ganesha Celebrations
Ganesha Celebrations

Krishna Janamastami

Celebrated with much fervor and gaiety the festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna. He was said to have been born in North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh at Mathura City. Krishna is the creator of song of the Lord - holy book called Gita. The holy book is enacted in the Epic called Mahabharata.

The eight day of waning moon marks this occasion. The festival is celebrated with lots of singing and dancing and best of the feasts.

Krisna Hindu God


Popular Festivals of India

Some of the popular festivals of India are listed below.

Bhai Dooj
Guru Purnima
Gudi Padwa
Ram Navami
Kumbh Festival
Raksha Bandhan 
Ram Navmi
Kali Pujan

These festival carry lots of significance to the devotees and are accompanied with rites and rituals which have a purpose. The activities are major tourist draws. The popular culture tours in India offer a good insight into many aspects. Make a journey to discover lifestyle, custom and habits of the people. Apart from enjoying festivities the tourists also enjoy other aspects of rites and rituals of Hindus.  

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Updated: 04/18/2020, pateluday
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pateluday on 09/21/2014

Thanks Ragtimilil Hope Your wish comes true

Ragtimelil on 09/21/2014

Thanks for this article. I am trying to learn more about Indian festivals. I'd love to attend a Holi festival someday.

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