Jan 15, 2015
India is known for its colorful and even vibrant festivals. These festivals are mainly used for the purpose of bringing together communities. While traveling to India, it is most likely that you will come across these festivals that vary from region to region due to cultural diversity. Some of the most popular festival that you can schedule your trip to India so as to attend includes:
This is one of the most visually stunning of all Indian celebrations. It is referred to as the festival of lights due to the brilliant lamps as well as bulb lightings that are visible around the cities and even in the villages. The festival is used to signify the triumph of the good over the evil. These celebrations fall between the mid of the month of October and mid November.
This festival is celebrated in February or sometimes in March. It is known as the festival of colors. The celebrations are done in good fun where people literally throw colored water and powder to both their friends as well as strangers. The myth that Lord Krishna Applied color to the Radha’s cheek since she was fair skinned is the root of these celebrations.(Image by Jitendra Singh)
This festival is usually celebrated in January. However, celebrations are usually done differently around the country. Some of the common features of the festival are chalk drawings that homes are marked with at the door steps. The family members may also exchange gifts with their neighbors and friends. Towns and villages are found swollen with pilgrims as well as street dancers to entertain the people.
- Kumbh Mela
This is a Hindu pilgrimage that happens after every four years. The festival is usually held at the various religious sites found all over the country. A maha Kumbh Mela occurs after every 12 years and is usually attended by millions of people making the celebrations the greatest gathering of people anywhere. The last event was held in Allahabad in 2007 and reported over 70 million people in attendance.
- Pushkar Camel Fair
This festival is held in Rajasthan in every November. This occasion is usually visited by millions of foreign tourists and traders who are often found competing for tent space. The festival is also attended by camel traders who come from various parts of the world. They come to barter and bargain the camels.(Image by Manoj Gupta)
- Ganesh Chaturthi
These celebrations are held for eleven days and are made to honor the birth of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant- headed god. The spectacular festival features crafted statutes of Ganesha that are usually installed in podiums and even homes. The statutes are then paraded on the streets at the end of the festivals as the people dance and sing before submerging them into the ocean.
Both for Indians living abroad as well as in the countries, festival time is very popular. If you are planning to visit India for any of the numerous festivals, it s advised that you book your flight early. Also ensure that you get a hotel long before tourists begin to fill the hotels. Find tour guides who will advise on participation of the festivals.
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