List of Indian Festivals

List of Indian festivals: Religious festivals widely in the country

Here is a quick list of the most famous festivals in India. To join the festivals of these festivals, search for this type of festival before going to the best places of Indian cultural heritage.

1. Diwali: Great festival of lights.


One of the most prominent Hindu festivals in India, Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and entertainment. During this festival of light, the houses are decorated with clay lamps, candles and Ashok leaves. People wear new clothes, participate in family quotes, make cookies and deal with friends, family, and neighbors.

Meaning:  After 14 years of exile, Lord Ram, his wife Sita and their brother Laxman symbolize the return.
Highlights: A home decorated with elegant lights, candles and kerosene lamps, shops and lively markets as well as fireworks and cookies.
When: The darkest night of the new moon of the month, Kartik of the Hindu calendar, according to the Gregorian calendar, from mid-October to mid-November.
Where: all over the country.

2. Holi: The vibrant festival of colors.

Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is one of the most famous festivals in India, which is celebrated all over the country. On the eve of Holi, people make huge Holika bonfire all around, sing and dance. On the day of Holi, people gather in open areas and apply dry and wet colors of different colors, some of which are full of water guns and colorful balloons are water.


Meaning: It means the victory of evil (Holika) and good on the arrival of spring (prince Prahlad).
Highlights: Holika beats, color scheme and cannabis plate
When: The full moon of Phalgun (full moon) of the Hindu lunar calendar, corresponding to the March month of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: almost in the whole country; The most vibrant festival can be seen in the northern states of India.

3. Dashera: Witness over the evil of good over evil

Dusshera, also called Vijayadashmi, is one of the most famous festivals in India. It is celebrated in various forms throughout the country. Ramlila (the Ramayana staged) will be there for 10 days everywhere. It culminated with "Ravana Dahan", a true sight for the fire, the fire of the massive idols of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhakarna.

Meaning: Celebrate the death of demon King Ravana in the hands of Lord Rama.
Highlights: Great event of the commotion of decorated markets and incarnation of Ram-Leela and incantations of statues of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhakarna.
When: According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Ashwin is the 10th day of the month, which coincides with September or October of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: Pan India

4. Navaratri: fasting, faith, and devotion for nine days.

The Navaratri festival is celebrated in different ways by all the inhabitants of India. In Gujarat, this is a nine-day festival to relive the Garba Nights and the energetic dance Dandiya Ras. People wear beautiful and colorful traditional clothes and the atmosphere is very young and inspiring.

Importance: represents the celebration of the goddess Amba (Shakti) in nine different ways.
Highlights: 9-day dance festivals in Gujarat, the best dishes of Chania Choli (traditional skirt and blouse) and Gujarati: Sabudana Khichdi, Mandvi Pak, Singoda Kheer and Potato
When: according to the Hindu lunar calendar, the first nine days of the month of Ashwin, which coincides with September or October of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: almost all over the country; The most vibrant of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and meters.

5. Durga Puja: prosperity, kindness, and devotion

One of the most important Hindu festivals in India, Durga Puja is celebrated with grandeur throughout the country by the Bengali people. There are cultural songs, dance, and theater in the 10 days of fasting, feasting, and worship of the goddess Durga. The large and beautiful idols of Durga are located in specially designed artistic pandals. People wear traditional clothes and walk around Pandal, waiting, praying and feasting.

Durga Puja

Importance: Remember the call of the goddess Durga to Lord Rama before you fight with the demon king Ravana.
Highlights: Plush Pandal, Incredibly Beautiful Ten-Armed Durga Statues and Worship
When: The tenth day of Ashwini Shukla Paksha according to the Hindu lunar calendar, which coincides with September or October of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: Calcutta and Metropolis are the best places in India during the Durga Puja celebrations.

6. Krishna Janmashtami: the birth of powerful and wicked

Janmashtami is once again one of the most important religious festivals in India. The Janmashtami celebrations are very popular in Mathura and Vrindavan. People fast all day and break it with a special meal after the night. In the middle of the night, singing, praying, dancing and singing bhajans in the temples is a festival of the birth of Lord Krishna. Often young children are ready as Lord Krishna on this day. Images and illustrations of the story of Krishna's life are represented in the temples of "Jhanki".

Krishna Janmashtami

Importance: This is Lord Krishna's annual holiday.
Main Attractions: Janmashtami Offer and Lord Krishna Temples and Festivals in Temples
When: 8th day of Krishna Paksha (black fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (Ashtami) According to the Hindu calendar, which coincides with the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: The Hindu community is celebrated everywhere, but the celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan are very popular

7. Ganesh Chaturthi: Eleven Days of Adoration to Lord Ganesha!
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important Hindu religious festivals in India, a colorful festival of 10 days. Massively handmade Ganesh idols are installed inside or outside houses in public pandals. The worship takes place in the morning and afternoon. The last day is the day of immersion, the immersion of an idol in a body of water. Cultural activities of singing, dancing, and theater, as well as free medical camps and blood drives, are organized.

Importance: It's the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant goddess.
Highlights: Beautiful Ganesha statues and immersion ceremony.
When: the day of the fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu calendar, which coincides with the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: In the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, this event is celebrated with enthusiasm and joy.

8. Gurupurab: religious procession and peaceful psalms.

In the largest Sikh festival in India, special meetings are held on the life and teachings of gurus in gurudwaras and anchor (collective food). Karh Prasad is distributed among all and the parishes of Bhajan are held in the city. People burn their homes with candles and burn cookies.

Importance: This is the anniversary celebration of the ten Sikh Gurus.
Great attraction: Bhavishi Bhajan-Kirtan (hymn), Gurbani, anchor and Karah Prasad in Gurdwaras
When: the day of the full moon of Kartik month of the Hindu lunar calendar, which coincides with
For the Gregorian calendar of November.
Where: All over the world, especially in Punjab, the Sikh community

9. Raksha Bandhan: Strengthening kinship

Rakhi is celebrated among Hindus, one of the famous festivals of India. It means, the bond between the brother and sister, during Rakhi, sister performs an over (prayer), she tilak and binds Rakhi (sacred thread) on brother's wrist so that her success can be wished. Promises in favor of protecting the siblings. Another festival that has great equality with Rakhi is Brother Duj, which comes right after Diwali.

Meaning: It is a symbol of a strong bond that unites a brother and sister.
Highlights: Rakhi's rousing and market with a colorful variety of Rakhi rituals and sweets.
When: The day of the full moon of the month of Shravan of the Hindu calendar, which coincides with the August month of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: especially in North, Central, and West of India

10. Eid-ul-Fitr: Fantastic Buffett and Sweet Parties

Eid is one of the main festivals of India for the Muslim community. People wear festive clothes, participate in a special prayer in the morning community, meet friends and family, and exchange sweets. Children get Idi (money or gifts) from the elderly.

Meaning: She is celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan fasting.
Highlights: In the markets and mosques morning and early morning, mosques are visited with elegant and sweet food items.
The first day of the month of Shravan of Hijri's lunar calendar, which coincides with the July month of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: The whole country is celebrated by Muslims.

11. Bihu: dance, music, and laughter

Bihu is a festival of Assam, popular in the famous festivals of India in the northeast. During the month-long celebrations, young men and women wear their traditional clothes and perform Bihu dance in the village's fields and courtyard. In India, celebrating Bihu, a community party is organized with great fanfare.


Meaning: This is the traditional New Year celebrations of Assamese.
Highlights: Bihu dance and local dishes: coco laddu, sesame peetha, ghee pitha, and pittika fish
Where: organized by Assamese expat across the world including Assam
Bihu 2018: will start from Saturday, April 13.

12. Hemis: soothing songs and colorful costumes

Hemis, the two-day religious festival of Ladakh, is one of the most important festivals in India. It attracts every year many local and foreign tourists. The festivities include the Cham dance performed by the priests to the rhythm of the traditional music of the cymbals, drums, trumpets played by the monks. This is one of the most unique types of festivals where priests dancers dress in elaborate costumes and brocade masks.

Meaning: It is the celebration of the birth of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism of Tibet.
Main Attractions: The picturesque Hemis Monastery and the Cham Dance.
When: Tenth day (called tse-chu in the local language) of the Tibetan lunar month, which corresponds to the months of June or July of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir

13. Onam: Welcome to the mighty Mahabali

Onam is one of India's major festivals, where people wear traditional clothes, decorate houses with Pookalam (floral motifs) and prepare Onasadya (elaborate food of about 13 dishes). Events such as Vallamkali (snake boat race), Kaikottikali (dance of applause), Kathakali dance and Pulikali procession (artists dressed and painted in tigers and hunters) take place.

Meaning: Celebrate the return of the legendary King Mahabali.
Main attractions: the spectacular snake-boat race, the enigmatic Kaikottikali dance and the elephant procession.
When: In the month of Chingam of the Malayalam calendar, which corresponds to the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
Where: Celebrated by people from all communities of the state of Kerala.

14. Pongal: Rich Rangolis And Tasty Sweets

The four-day harvest festival in southern India is one of India's most famous festivals. People prepare Pongal's plate and wear their traditional clothes. Celebrities include bonfires, dances, cattle races, sweets, and treats. The houses look resplendent with Kolam patterns (traditional floral motifs made from rice, colored powders, and flower petals)

Meaning: It is a festival of thanksgiving for nature that represents the first harvest of the year.
Main attractions: The variety of models and breeds of Kolam.
Where: detained by Tamils throughout India, mainly in Tamil Nadu
Pongal 2018: begins January 15 (Sunday)

15. Christmas: Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ

One of the most famous and most anticipated festivals in the world, Christmas is of great importance for the elderly and children. Everyone, whatever their religion, is waiting for this day, children especially for Santa's surprise gifts. All the churches are illuminated and decorated to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.

Meaning: Birthday of the Lord Jesus
Main attractions: Christmas tree decoration, prayers, the birth of the Lord Jesus and Santa Claus
Where: The festival is celebrated all over India. The best places to celebrate Christmas in India are Goa, Pondicherry, and Kerala.
Christmas 2018: December 25 (Wednesday).

16. Easter: celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Like other festivals, Easter is celebrated with great fervor and a great religious celebration in different parts of the country. Celebrated in the spring, Holy Week celebrations in India are distinguished by various colorful decorations, dances and games, plum and bright cakes and bright lanterns that adorn the streets.

Meaning: Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
Main attractions: popular songs and dances, Easter eggs, cakes, chocolates, street decorations.
Where: The festival is celebrated throughout India. The best places to celebrate Easter in India are Goa, Pondicherry, and Kerala.

17. Baisakhi: rich traditions and cultural prosperity

The Baisakhi is primarily a festival celebrated by the Sikh community of Punjab and those around the world. The reception of the harvest season for rabi crops is celebrated. The Sikhs celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm and excitement by performing local folk dances such as Giddha and Bhangra. The festival is of great religious importance in India, as it marks the day that the tenth Guru Sikh Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation stone of Panth Khalsa, the Order in 1699.

Meaning: Welcome harvest season
Main attractions: popular dances such as Bhangra and Giddha, festivals of Punjabi, decorations in houses and Gurudwaras
Where: The festival is celebrated in Sikh communities in India. Punjab is the best place to celebrate Baisakhi in India.

18. Makar Sankranti: Hindu New Year

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is the true New Year of the Indians and Sikhs of the North, celebrated only one day after Lohri. On this day, worship is done to God to seek blessings for the new year. It is like the end of winter and the beginning of spring, which means the agricultural cycle for farmers. Dates are set according to solar cycles, unlike other Hindu festivals where dates are decided by lunar cycles. People celebrate this day flying kites and celebrating the tasty "Bajre ki khichdi" and the sweet "til ladoo". The Gujaratis celebrate this festival under the name of Uttarayan.

Meaning: Beginning of the agricultural cycle.
Main attractions: the kite.
Where: The festival is celebrated in the communities of North India and Sikh. The best place to celebrate Makar Sankranti in India is the Northern Region.

19. Maha Shivratri: Devotion to Shiva

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Indian festival is very respectful to the followers of Shiva. It has a great significance in Hindu mythology held on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the month of Phalgun. It is believed that those who worship Lord Shiva today obtain salvation and the redemption of their sins. It is also an important festival for married and married women to achieve conjugal happiness.

Meaning: Devotion to Lord Shiva
Main attractions: Fast and Lord Shiva.
Where: North India and Nepal
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