10 Most Popular Hindu Festivals in India

Name any season in India, which passes without being celebrated.
Can’t find one…!!
Well, that is the beauty and enthusiasm of this nation.

There is no dearth of opportunities in India when it comes to festivals. There is no count and no end to the festivities in this land where each season brings its own color and vibrancy. Well, it gives ample opportunities for joy, excitement and togetherness.

This land of multiplicity of traditions, cultures and religion has its roots in unity. It is in this diversity that she finds affinity and belonging. And these festivals are the primary source of this bonding and connectedness of the entire nation. The festive season is an open invitation for every religion to participate in each other’s festivities with open enthusiasm and it is here that these occasions get their real reason and meaning.

So let’s discuss some of these most popular hindu festival Which is celebrated all over the country:

1. Diwali

Let us begin this episode of festivities with the grandest and most pompous festival of India, Diwali, The festival marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. Till date, this festival is celebrated with the greatest enthusiasm and happiness. The cities are littered with gleaming streets and dazzling bazaars. Other things that mark the festival are the exchange of sweets, get-togethers, bursting crackers and Lakshmi Puja.

2. Holi

Perhaps, Holi One of the most fun and craziest festivals of India. Its celebration also starts a few days before, when children start throwing water balloons at you. It should be celebrated as such.

On the eve of Holi, a Holika (sacred bonfire) is lit and people offer prayers around it. The next day, the streets are seen with people colouring, applying colors on each other and throwing water.

3. Dussehra

DussehraAnother festival of victory of good over evil. The pre-phase of the festival is kept 10 days before when Ram Leela will be organized and performed in every city of the country. The actors of the show beautifully depict the victory of Rama over Ravana and on the last day effigies of Ravana and his son Meghnad and brother Kumbhakarna are burnt. These colossal effigies are indeed a wonderful sight in themselves and crowds of people gather to witness their destruction.

4. Navratri

Navratri Admire the strength and power of the Indian Goddess, Durga. Various avatars and forms of Durga are worshiped during these nine days. But, the unique feature about this festival is that the beliefs and celebrations regarding it differ across the country, yet, it is the most extended but enjoyable respect.

5. Krishna Janmashtami

This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. All the temples are decorated with beautiful lights and flowers and there is huge crowd on this day. beautiful part about krishna janmashtami The festival sees children dressed as characters from Krishna’s life. These floats are an attractive feature for people who roam the cities and attract a lot of attention.

6. Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi The festival lasts for a total of eleven days, all of which are marked with grand festivities. Idols of Lord Ganesha are installed in homes and temples, which are worshiped during this period of 10 days and on the eleventh day these idols are immersed in water bodies. Ganesha’s departure is believed to take away all suffering and sorrow and hence he is honored with great excitement and fun.

7. Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela Sees the maximum number of people gathered together at one place. Yes, this is the biggest human fair in the history of mankind and this sight is so vast that it can be seen even from space.

Well, this grand congregation goes once every twelve years to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges. It is believed that a dip in the waters of the Ganges during this time frees you from the cycles of birth and rebirth. This is the reason why a large number i.e. around 10 crore people reach the banks of this holy river.

8. Shivratri

Shivratri It is the great night of Shiva, the night when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married. People fast for the whole day and break the fast only after midnight. Temples are also beautifully decorated and lakhs of people visit them on this auspicious day. Devotees stand in queues to offer milk and vine to Lord Shiva.

9. Raksha Bandhan

This enchanting festival is more about the emotions and not the grand festivities. But Raksha BandhanSisters tie a decorative thread on the wrist of their brothers who in turn promise them support and protection throughout their life.

10. Rama Navami

Birth of Lord RamaThe incarnation of Lord Vishnu is celebrated on this day. The temples reverberate with carols of the Ramayana and Rama. Apart from this, there are people who observe fast in the evening and break it only on sighting the moon.

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