India: the Land of Feast and Festivals....
Indian holidays have become a huge attraction for people all across the globe; not only because of its tourist place like exotic hills, the historical places, enigmatic coastlines, monuments etc, but also because of the highly colourful and interesting Indian festivals... India, a land known as the land of fairs and festivals, has a variety of commemorations instilled within its cultures. The Indian nation is highly enthusiastic, and for this reason, every month people living in India celebrate one event or another with high spirit. However, as India is a land filled with a huge amount of diversity, each region celebrates these festivals in a different manner.
Being a highly spiritual country, festivals are in the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best.
India's rich heritage has been built over the centuries and this has led to a huge variety in Indian life, soul and festivals. There is a great diversity in the Indian regions and these diversities have brought about an assortment of rituals and festivals too. It described as a land of many religions and innumerable languages; it might well be described as a land of festivals as well.
We; Indians love celebrations. Every little occasion from the harvesting of crops, welcoming the spring or rain, to seeing the full moon lends itself to joyous celebrations splashed with colours, music, folk dances & songs.
The common thing among all the festivals is good food and lots of sweets. The old tradition of making special food for special occasions still continues in India homes. However, no matter which event it is every event is celebrated with high spirit. Each and every event is filled with colours (Rangoli) and can be seen with highly attractive dressing from both males and females.
One of the most famous events celebrated in India is the event of Diwali, which also known as the event of wealth and prosperity. This festival is celebrated around the month of November and is filled with lots of lights. During this festival, the whole country is lit up with hundreds and thousands of lights. The main part of this event involves setting of enormous amounts of fireworks.
The other most famous event of the Indian festivals is the event of Holi. Holi, an event of colors, is celebrated by almost every section of the Indian society. This event involves throwing various colors on your close ones, dancing on traditional holi songs, drumbeats and various processions. Celebration of this colorful event helps individuals forget all their worries and sorrows and makes the day a fun filled one. Many of the Indians living abroad also celebrate this event.
Furthermore, the Muslims living in India celebrates Eid-ul-fitr and Eid-ul-adha. Celebrations of Eid have also become part of the diverse Indian culture. The occasion of Eid-ul-fitr is celebrated by Indians Muslim after a month of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. The event involves Muslims to start their day by visiting mosque.
Krishna Janamshtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Delicacies are prepared, religious songs are sung, people wrap themselves in traditional garments tailored exclusively for festivals like these. Devotees give up their heart and soul in the worship of Lord Krishna to gain His precious blessings.
The spectacular eleven day Ganesh Chaturthi festival honors the birth of the beloved Hindu God, Lord Ganesha. The start of the festival sees huge, elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha installed in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. At the end of the festival, the statutes are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then submerged in the ocean.
Rakshabandhan, more commonly known as the rakhi festival is one Indian holiday every sister anxiously waits for. Colorful threads, beads and embellishments are used to make rakhis. A sister ties this rakhi on her brother’s wrist and the brother in return promises her security and safety. Upon tying the rakhi, a brother gives gifts to his sister as a token of love. The festival of rakhi symbolizes the strong bond between brothers and sisters.