Religious Festivals of India:
India is a country which is both culturally diverse as well as integrated, a feat that many countries cannot boast of. Though India hosts people from a variety of religious backdrops, the vast majority consists of the Hindus. Festivals are celebrated to commemorate the onset of different seasons and the New Year, to observe the birth of gurus or sacred gods, to mark religious occasions, historical events, for the advent of the harvesting season, full moon and even for the different seasons of the year.
In India all festivals are not celebrated in all the states and even if they are not of equal magnitude everywhere. For e.g. Ganesh chaturthi is given more importance in Maharashtra, but not in south India where local and provincial festivals like Pongal and Onam are valued more. Festivals like Holi which are of an essential nature in northern states are barely acknowledged in the southern parts in comparison. Bihu which is a special festival in Assam and is observed with much merriment is unknown in the western parts of the country.
Similarly, Navratri is enjoyed uniquely in Rajasthan as compared to West Bengal. In Rajasthan more weightage is given to Ram Navami while in West Bengal Durga Puja is celebrated with great gusto. Festivals like Diwali, Saraswati Puja, and Bhai dooj are some of the famous festivals in India.
Festivals in India are celebrated with a lot of fun and frolic. Gifts are distributed across the family. Sumptuous feasts are prepared and the whole atmosphere is spruced up with joy. Temples are visited and rituals are also performed. Sometimes decorative patterns called rangolis or alpanas are on the threshold of houses to add to the beauty.
The perfect combination of heritage of her multifaceted races in India makes it the home of the most colorful festivals which are enchanting, exhibiting the true tradition and lifestyle of its people.