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.