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Festivals of India

The cultural potpourri of India is brimmed with the colors of festivities and the excitement that fills the hearts of its people during the time of celebrations. If someone wants to know India from close quarters, it is always better to plan his/ her trip to the country during any major festive season. Some of the famous festivals of India that bring with them an opportunity for the tourists to get in touch with the locals and enjoy the true flavor of their revelry are Holi, Deepawali, Dussehra, Durga Puja and Pongal.

Most of the popular Indian festivals have both religious as well as traditional connotations. Forgetting about the pains of mundane life, everyone comes together to bask in the fun of these annual celebrations. The common sight at any of these occasions is the small-to-big get-togethers of the family members and friends. If you join them in the revelry, you will never feel like a stranger there.

However, it will be better to first have an idea about some of the famous festivals of India in nutshell so that you can plan your trip wisely.

Famous festivals of India

  • Holi: Also referred to as festival of colors, Holi is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring season. This event is observed at a large scale in the northern region of the country.
  • Deepawali: Known as the ‘Festival of Light, Diwali or Deepawali is observed in the Kartik month of Hindu calendar, which corresponds with the months of October and November.
  • Dussehra: This day marks the victory of good over evil. According to legends, on this particular day Hindu Lord Rama had defeated the demon king Ravana centuries ago. On this day, people make a large effigy of Ravana and finally set it on the fire to show that good will always prevail over evil.
  • Durga Puja: Dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga, this festival is observed over a span of 9 days mainly in the month of September or October. This event is celebrated with much zeal in every part of India, but it is the state of West Bengal that outshines others in terms of festivities.
  • Pongal: Counted among the famous festivals in India, Pongal is essentially a harvest festival. People celebrate this time of the year to express their gratitude to Mother Nature for blessing them with fruits and food in abundance. It is widely observed in South India.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/15