The Ultimate Guide For Indian Festivals – Part 1

India is often portrayed as a place that is known for some religions and dialects, but it should be depicted as a place where there are festivals. A few festivals are watched all through the nation; others have specific provincial affiliations. India praises occasions and festivals of the lots of beliefs in the world. In one district or another, festivals happen practically regularly, each with the uniqueness of its own. Every festival in every locale has its own specific food and desserts proper to the season and products, and days are spent in their cautious planning.

There are three National occasions:

Independence (Freedom) Day:

This is praised on 15th August as India picked up autonomy from British rule on this day in 1947.

Republic Day:

This is praised on 26th January. On this day India turned into a republic.

Gandhi Jayanti:

This is praised on second October which is the father of the country Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.


Deepawali is the Festival of Lights. Deepawali is the event of satisfaction and celebration for everyone in India. All the enlightenment and firecrackers, euphoria and celebration, signifies the triumph of good powers over those of underhandedness. Deepawali symbolizes the triumph of uprightness and the removal of darkness. Deepawali festival continues for 5 days.

In North India, Deepawali is connected with the arrival of Sri Rama to Ayodhya after vanquishing the evil spirit Ravana. The people of Ayodhya, with the happiness of victory, invited Rama to celebration and light of the capital. In South India, Diwali is commanded to remember the triumph of Lord Krishna over the evil Narakasura. To the Jains, Deepawali has an additional significance to the immense occasion of Mahavira achieving the Eternal Bliss of Nirvana.

Diwali is principally a 5-day festival but people begin to get ready for Diwali weeks ahead by cleaning and improving their homes. It is said that Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth goes into the house that is clean and nicely lit up. It is additionally the start of the new money related year for the business group.

Bhai Dooj:

Bhaiya Duj is the festival that is commended on the fifth day of Diwali and it falls on the second day after Diwali that is on ‘Shukla Paksha Dwitiya’ in the Hindi month of ‘Kartik’. “Dwitiya” signifies “Duj” or the second day after the new moon. This festival is known in different districts by different names, such as, ‘Bhai-Dooj’ in North India, ‘Bhav-Bij’ in Maharashtra, ‘Bhai-Phota’ in Bengal and ‘Bhai-Teeka’ in Nepal.

On this day sisters do “aarti” of their siblings and apply a beautiful “Tilak” or “Teeka” on their brow. Then, they give gifts and desserts to each other. Sisters are lavished with gifts, treats, and blessings from their siblings.

Dussehra or Vijayadashmi:

Dussehra or Navratri is one of the most famous festivals of India. Dussehra is the commemoration of the triumph of Goddess Durga over the bison-headed devil, Mahishasura, giving the goddess her name Mahishasura-Mardini (the slayer of Mahishasura). Dussehra celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana of Lanka. The subject of this festival is the triumph of good over evil.

Ganesh Chaturthi:

Ganesh Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesh, is praised in August-September. Ganesh is the elephant-headed child of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

In Maharashtra, it is a most imperative festival and is commended for 10 days. It is praised from fourth to the fourteenth day of a splendid fortnight of Bhadrapad month. In Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, pictures of Ganesh made of unbaked mud are placed on this day in each house. An amazing sweet called Modak is prepared on this occasion.


The full-moon day in February-March is praised as Holi, the festival of colors. Holi is a festival of fun and joy for people of any age. People through colors on each other. Holi signifies the begin of spring and end of winter. People praise the colorful day.

The main cause of this festival changes in North and South India.

In the South, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is trusted that Kama Deva, the God of love, pointed his bolt at his wife Rati. The bolt hit Shiva by error. The Kama was blazed to fiery remains by the flame leaving the third eye of the rankled Lord Shiva.

Rati was so depressed that Shiva yielded and allowed her the ability to see Kama Deva but without a physical structure. In Tamil Nadu, the festival known as Kaman vizha, Kaman pandigai, or Kama Dahanam recognizes the smoldering of Kama.

In the North, it is trusted that a strong King Hiranyakashipu requested his people to love him as a God. But Prahlad, his only child, declined to see his dad as a God since he worships Lord Vishnu. The King attempted to kill his child, but every time Prahlad was spared as he took the name of Vishnu.

Lastly, Prahlad’s close relative Holika, asserting herself to be flame resistant, took the child in her lap and sat in the flame to blaze him alive. When the flame died down, the ruler found, the kid alive while Holika had died.

In North India, grains are offered to Agni, the God of Fire. Holi flame is an image of pulverization of all rottenness and contamination be it physical or mental.

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