10 Most Celebrated Festivals In India
India is known all over the world for it’s rich cultural and traditional festivals and other heritages. India has many cultures and religions, who celebrates a range of festivals. As it is a secular country full of diversity in the religions, languages, cultures and castes all the festivals are celebrated together.
Festivals in India falls every month and now and then. So in this article we are sharing Top 10 most popular festivals in India.
The Diwali celebration falls in October or early November in the fifteenth day of Hindu month Kartik. What stays consistent is the festival of life, its delight, and a feeling of goodness.
On the day of Holi, people gather around in open grounds and apply dry and wet colours to each other, carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons. Holi is one of the most popular festivals in India.
3. Dussehra – Durga Puja
Durga Puja is an important Hindu festival originated in the India to offer puja to the Hindu goddess, Durga. Durga puja is particularly popular in the nort-east and eastern states of India like West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Tripura, and Odisha, the country of Bangladesh, and among the Hindu diaspora from this region. Durga Puja is one of the most celebrated festivals in India
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of lord Ganesha to earth. The festival is starts with the installation of Ganesha idols in homes, or publicly on pandals .
The festival celebrates Lord Ganesha as the God of the Remover of Obstacles as well as the god of intelligence. The Ganesh Caturthi festival is widely celebrated in states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh making Ganesh Chaturthi one the most poplar festivals in India.
5. Ratha Yatra
Ratha yatra or Chariot festival is any public procession in a chariot that occurs annually in Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other East Indian states. The festival procession with a chariot with deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshana Chakra on a ratha. The festival attracts over a million Hindu as well as other pilgrims who join the procession each year around the world.
Ratha Jatra, the three main deities are taken from the Jagannath Temple in the ratha to the Gundicha Temple, where they stayst nine days. After that, the deities again ride the Ratha back to the temple in bahuda Jatra. On the way back, the three chariots halt at the Mausi Maa Temple and the deities are offered Poda Pitha, a kind of baked sweet.
6. Rakshya Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is a popular Hindu festival, which is central to Hindu tradition celebrated in India, Nepal and among people around the world influenced by Hindu culture. On this day, sisters of all ages tie a rakhi in the wrists of their brothers, symbolically to protecting them, receiving a gift in return.
Women and men who are not blood relatives also ties rakhi to their cousin brothers. In the Indian states like West Bengal and Odisha, rakhya bandhan is also called Jhulan Purnima. Prayers and puja of Lord Krishna and Radha are performed there.
Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is observed according to Hindu calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark Moon) in Bhadrapad, which overlaps with August or September.
Janmastami is mostly celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan, along with major Vaishnava communities and also other communities found in Manipur, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and all the other states of India.
8. Maha Shivaratri
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually to pray Lord Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every year of the Hindu calendar, on the phalguna month’s 13th night/14th day in late winter and before the arrival of Summer.
Unlike other Hindu festivals which are celebrated during the day, Shivaratri is occurs at night. People offers fasting, meditation to lord Shiva, and self study, social harmony and an all night watch at Shiva temples.
Rama Navami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of lord Rama a avatar of lord Vishnu. He is an important festival to Hinduism, as Lord Ram the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The festival celebrates Lord Ram and his birth to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. The festival falls on the ninth day of the sukla pakshya according to Hindu calender.
Compared to other Hindu festivals, Christmas is quite a small christian festival in India, due to the number of people who are Christians is very low. Besides this population of India is over 1 Billion, so there are nearly 30 million Christians in India
Christmas is popular in the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram have high populations of Christians as well, but celebrated by other region people as a part of communal harmony.