India is also known as land of diverse religions and languages. Each religion has their own festivals and all the festivals of India are celebrated grandly. Some of the festivals are celebrated all through the country irrespective of religion and rests have definite regional links. India is the only country, where all the holidays and festivals of almost all the religions in the world are celebrated. Each festival has its own meaning. In this piece of writing, five majorly celebrated festivals in India are embraced.
Diwali is basically a five day Indian festival that is celebrated to honor the victory of goodness over wickedness or brilliance over dimness.
Story behind Diwali
This winter festival of India is celebrated as Lord Ram and his wife, Sita returned to their kingdom of Ajodhya after 14 years. Since Lord Ram defeated the demon King Ravana and rescue of Sita from his evil clutches successfully, this festival is celebrated. It is also recognized as the Festival of Lights for all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles that are lit on this day. This is observed with much joy and happiness.
This is a major Sikh festival of India. This festival is all in one package with different meanings like a religious festival, harvest festival and New Year’s Day. Being summer festival of India it is celebrated in April and this day marks the beginning of the Hindu solar New Year. Entire country celebrates this day as New Year day under various names.
Story behind Baisakhi
For the Sikh community Baisakhi has very special significance as on this day, Guru Gobind Singh organized the Sikhs into Khalsa. He eliminated the differences of high and low with this pure act and left a message that all human beings are equal.
Holi is a two days Indian festival that is celebrated to memorialize the victory of good over evil. It is referred as the Festival of Colors. People energetically put colored powder and water over each other to show their happiness on this day.
Story behind Holi
This day is celebrated as evil Holika made Prahlad sit on a pyre with her. She was secluded by a shawl that kept her safe from being burnt. But the shawl flew from her to Prahlad and Holika burned. Prahlad was safe and alive.
- Navaratri, Dussehra, and Durga Puja
The first nine days of this festival of India are known as Navaratri. The last day is called Dussehra, that celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana.
Story behind Dussehra
Dusshera is devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. This also coincides with the victory of Goddess Durga over the wicked buffalo devil Mahishasura.
Onam is the biggest South Indian festival of the year. This is ten day harvest festival celebrated grandly. It is festival in India, where people prominently decorate the ground in front of their houses with flowers.
Story behind Onam
This day is memorialized as the mythical King Mahabali returned home. It is a festival rich in culture and heritage and people celebrate to welcome the King.
These are the most popular festival of India those are celebrated with joy and happiness. Each festival has its own meaning and message.