Various Festivals in India
The diversity in the cultures and religions has led to the emergence of a unique kind of cultural diversity as well as a large number of festivals. This is the reason why India is also sometimes referred to as ‘The Land of the Festivals’. Festivals in India are in plenty, and each of these festivals is celebrated with great excitement and enthusiasm throughout the various parts of the country.
The strong belief of the people in their deities, as well as the ancient heritage and spirituality of the country, is reflected in the various festivals that are celebrated, both on large scale, as well as one a small scale. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in the country and is celebrated all throughout India with the same excitement and devotion. The whole country lights up due to the firecrackers and thousands of illuminating kandils.
Each state or a group of surrounding states have some festival that is celebrated with great pomp and glory in those states in particular. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on a large scale in the state of Maharashtra, where beautiful idols of Lord Ganesha in various sizes and avatars are exhibited and worshipped in pandals as well as households, and people are seen buying new clothes and distributing sweets among their relatives and close friends.
The Bengalis celebrate the festival of Durga Pooja with great grandeur and glory. This festival is celebrated in all the areas and localities in the state of West Bengal and it is considered to be one of the most important festivals in the state. Christmas is the major festival for the Christians all around the country, along with other important festivals like Easter, Good Friday, as well as the New Year. The churches and cathedrals, as well as the households, are decorated with a Christmas tree as well as balloons.
All the Muslims residing in various parts of the country celebrate the festivals of Eid-Ul-Fitr, Moharram, and Eid-Ul-Adha. They prepare delicious dishes like biryani, red meat, and sweets like sewai on these occasions. They visit each other and go over to the homes of their relatives for dinner, also known as Daawat. Some other festivals include Pongal, Buddha Purnima, Gurunanak Jayanti, and Raksha Bandhan.