India is known for its rich and diverse culture, which is reflected in a wide variety of festivals celebrated across the country. Here are five famous festivals that are widely celebrated in India:
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals in India. It marks the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. During Diwali, people decorate their homes with lamps and candles, exchange gifts, burst fireworks, and enjoy a variety of sweets and snacks.
Holi is the colorful festival of India, celebrated with enthusiasm and joy. It involves playing with colored powders and water, dancing to music, and indulging in delicious sweets. Holi signifies the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil.
3. Makar sankranti
Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and other parts of South Asia. It is typically observed on January 14th or 15th each year and marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn (Makara in Sanskrit). The festival is also known by various regional names such as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, and Uttarayan in Gujarat, among others.
4. Navaratri and Durga Puja:
Navaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated for nine nights, dedicated to the worship of different forms of the goddess Durga. It involves fasting, traditional dance forms like Garba and Dandiya, and cultural performances. Durga Puja, celebrated mainly in West Bengal, involves grand processions and elaborate decorations to honor the goddess Durga.
Pongal is a popular South Indian harvest festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu and other parts of southern India. It marks the winter harvest and is a four-day festival. People prepare a special dish called “Pongal” made from newly harvested rice, and there are various cultural and religious celebrations during this time.