Festivals in India are characterized by colour, contribution,
enthusiasm, prayers and rituals. The scale and multiplicity of the festivities
that populate the cultural scene of this land attract many travellers. There
are innumerable national, regional, local, religious, seasonal and social
GANESHA UTSAV: This ten-day Hindu festival
This ten-day festival, celebrated during the bright half of Bhadrapad,
commemorates the birth of Ganesha. It is marked with a grand procession of the
The Festival of Lights This is one of the oldest Hindu festivals
occurring in the month of Kartik, which commemorates the return of Rama to
Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years. It also marks the beginning of the New Year
and is celebrated with the lighting of lamps.
HANUMAN JAYANTI: The Birth of Lord Hanuman, the Monkey God It
is celebrated largely in North India to commemorate the birth of the monkey
god, Hanuman, during Chaitra. It marks a symbolic acceptance of the human
race's peaceful co-existence with nature and the worship of an animal
JANMASHTAMI: The Birth of Lord Krishna This Hindu festival,
which falls during the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadra, is celebrated to
commemorate the birth of Krishna to annihilate Kansa. It is marked by fasts,
prayers and the enactment of incidents from Krishna's childhood.
SHIVA RATRI: The Great Night of Shiva Celebrated on the new
moon night in the month of Phalguna, this Hindu festival is dedicated to Lord
RAMANAVAMI: The Birth of Lord Rama This nine-day Hindu
festival, celebrated in the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra,
commemorates the birth of Lord Rama who was born to annihilate the demon King
MAKARA SANKRANTI: Return of the Sun to the North Makara
Sankranti celebrates the entry of the sun into the Tropic of Capricorn in the
month of Magha.
DURGA PUJA: The Victory of Good over Evil This nine-day
festival of the Hindus is celebrated in the month of Ashvina in Bengal. It
marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura after a
long battle, signifying the victory of good over evil.
CHRISTMAS: The Birth Anniversary of Jesus Christ Celebrated on
the 25th of December every year to rejoice at the nativity of Christ, Christmas
is perhaps the most important festival of the Christians.