Top popular festival in India (Part 2)

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and darkness. It honors Lord Ram and his wife Sita coming back to their kingdom of Ayodhya, after the defeat of the evil Ravan and rescue Sita on Dussehra. It’s called the “Festival of Lights” due to the lighting of all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles. For the majority of Indian, Diwali is the most popular festival of the year.

Onam is the biggest  harvest festival of the year in the South Indian state of Kerala, marking the homecoming of mythical King Mahabali, and honoring the state’s culture and heritage. Indian decorate the space in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful unique patterns to welcome the king, feasts served on banana leaves. Many activities such as dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races are organized.

Krishna Janmashtami, also called Govinda, celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. A specially interesting part of the festival is teams of guys climbing on each other to create a human pyramid to break open clay pots filled with curd, hanging up high from buildings. This activity, known as dahi handi, organized on the second day of the fest. It’s best experienced in the city of Mumbai.

A plenty number of camels gathered, dressed up, paraded, shaved, entered into beauty contests, raced, and of course traded on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan, for the Pushkar Camel Fair. Be sure to arrive soon before the start of the festival since it gets underway and winds up early.

Temple Festivals in Kerala

There are many temples that organized this annual festivals in honor of the presiding local god or goddess with different set of legends and myths, depending on the temple deity. However, most revolve around the presence of elephants feature towering effigies of horses and bulls to celebrate the deity. The large processions of elephants, resplendent in ornaments, and colorful floats, drummers and other performances by musicians are the main activities.

Most Popular Festivals in India (Part 1)

Festivals is the way to experience Indian Culture at its Best as India is a highly spiritual country with many holy festivals at the center of Indian’s lives. There are numerous festivals held throughout the year featurinh unique customs. 

Holi

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors”, is one of the most famous Indian festivals outside of India. The festival is mainly about burning and destruction of the demoness Holika by the unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. However, the most fun part is the fest when people throw colored powder on each other and shoot each other with water guns. This activity is associated with Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to prank village girls by throwing at them water and colors. Bhang (a paste made from extract of cannabis plants) is also widely consumed during the celebrations. Holi is an enjoyable festival with great fun for participants if they don’t mind being wet and dirty.

Ganesh Festival

The amazing Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the occasion to honor the birth of the beloved and well-known Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The festival lasts 11 day starting with huge, beautifully decorated, elaborately-crafted statues of Ganesh installed in homes and public podiums. The god statues are worshiped everyday during the festival. On the last day, people paraded through the streets with the statues accompanied by singers and dancers before submerged the statues in the ocean. The best place that host this festival is Mumbai.

Navaratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra

The Navaratri festival is the time to honor the mother goddess Durga in all her incarnations. The festival lasts 9 days and in the tenth day, called Dussehra, is the time to celebrate the defeat of the demon king Ravan by Lord Ram and monkey god Hanuman. It also is the time that Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In eastern India, the festival is known as Durga Puja which is the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata, featured Huge statues of the Goddess Durga being made and immersed in the river. In Delhi, nightly plays are organized around the Red Fort, illustrates episodes from the life of Lord Ram.