India exhibits one of the most interesting socio-religious heritages of the world.  Its diversity in terms of religion, rituals, beliefs and region has emanated a long list of festivals and celebrations. All Indian festivals are unique in nature and have their own special significance and way of celebration.

Unity In Diversity On Indian Festivals :

Although the country is known for having extensively long range festivals, it is a verity that each festival has its own meaning, consequence and reason to be celebrated. However, the most interesting point to jot down here is the act that though the country is divided into various religions, the festivals have not lost their importance in any term.

In fact, during all Indian festivals, people of all regions come together and celebrate it unitedly. Naturally this puts down one of the biggest examples of secularism.

People believe that it is the time during the Indian festivals, when one gets to see the best results of Unity in diversity. Where Hindus come together to meet their Muslims brothers and sisters, Muslim populace also shows no stone unturned in showing rue spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood during the festivities of Holi, Diwali and other Hindu Festivals. Even Christian, Sikhs and Jains come together like one big family.

Indian Festivals are celebrated to re-live the golden moments :

Festivals are basically celebrated to re-live the spirit of good actions or occasions.  Like most countries, in India also, most festivals are fêted to reminisce the great deeds performed by God.

In fact a very good example of such great deed celebration is Diwali. Diwali is the occasion of Lord Ram homecoming after slaughtering Rawan, the demon. Among all Indian festivals, Holi and Diwali are major ones and are celebrated with great pomp, feasts, excitement and vibrancy. Some of the other most celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed Festivals are Dussehra, Navratri, Id, Lohri, Basant, Janmashtami, and Shivratri.

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Onam is supposed to be one of the richest festivals in Kerala, which is considered as “God’s own country”. The festival Onam mainly descends in the Chingam month, according to Malayalam calendar which comes on August/September and it symbolizes the return of great king Mahabali who comes and visits his kingdom once in a year .Onam starts from day “Atham to thiruvonam”, for about 10 days and it exhibits the tradition and culture of kerala.

Ten day Onam Celebrations:

Pookalam is carried out for these days which is elaborately decorated flower arrangement, along with the feast that follows, with some entertaining arts like Kaikottikali where the women make a circle and dance by clapping their hands .Another feature of Onam celebration is Snake Boat race which will be held in the harvest season and participants from all over kerala wil participate in it.

During the ten days, the cultural heritage is exhibited and the carnival is a treat to everybody and everyone in kerala, without any race discrimination celebrate onam. Feast of onam called ‘Onasadya’ contains about 13 side dishes and people sit down with banana leaves on the floor to have the food.

Onam will be an opportunity to show their talents as there will be lot of games of which some of them are played by women and some by men. The games that men get involved are ‘Panthukali’(games with ball),Attakalam, Kayyankali etc, while women usually conduct some entertaining activities like Pookalam(flower arrangement) which is done in order to welcome the king.

Kaykottikali, thiruvathirakkali, thumbi thullal, all of which are done in groups, will have some graceful steps which they do for entertainment. Other folk dance which is common is Pulikali, where the men paint themselves as the body of a tiger and dance according to the tunes and ‘Kummati Kali’, where the dress worn is similar to Kathakali.

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