Indian Festivals: Your Quick Guide to a World of Fun


India is a highly spiritual country. Various unique festivals occur throughout the year. They offer travelers the fascinating sense of the rich Indian culture. Let’s visit the most popular festivals in India that you can participate in and be moved by.

Diwali

The “festival of lights” is a five day celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. It marks the beginning of a Hindu year, which falls between October and November. For the occasion, locals clean and tidy their homes, and decorated it with lamps and candles. On the day of the festival, people sport new clothes and light the candles placed in and out of the house. This joyful Indian festival culminates with fireworks.

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Ganesh Chaturthi

This eleven-day Indian festival honors the rebirth of Ganesha. Natives place decorated images of the elephant-headed in their houses and on podiums. At the end, these images move to the streets while participants to the ceremony sing and dance.

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Holi

The iconic Indian festival of colors lasts two days. It also celebrates the victory of good over evil but though the coming of the spring harvest. On the eve of Holi, family and friends gather around the Holica fire to dance and sing. During the next day, participants chase and paint each other with colors, regardless of status. This Indian festival is perfect for those who want to forget social etiquettes, have fun, and get dirty.

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Navaratri, Dussehra, and Durga Puja

This Indian festival venerates the Mother Goddess. The first nine days of this celebration is all about dancing. The tenth day celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. People immerse huge images of the goddess into the Ganges River.

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Onam

The homecoming of King Mahabali is ten-day festival rich in culture and heritage displays. During the festival, people decorate their home fronts with flowers. Dancing, sports and games also accompany the festivities. Meals come on banana leaves.

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Krishna Janmashtami/Govinda

This feast commemorates of Lord Krishna’s birthday. People climb on each other to form pyramids as they try to reach and break clay pots attached to high buildings

If there is a nation that has preserved its culture, it has to be India. A world of fun is just a step away for you to try out your next trip. India is the perfect place to be with your family for the holidays.

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Ruby Andrew’s author bio

Ruby Andrew lives in Bristol, UK and is an avid reader and blogger. She writes on behalf of Indian visas.

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Indian Festivals: Your Quick Guide to a World of Fun
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Indian festivals are filled with joyful, colorful, spiritual moments. Here's a quick guide to experience the very best of the Indian culture.
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