India is land of feast and festivals. Famous festivals of India are marked with fervor, fun and frolic. Celebrations and happiness are inseparable elements of Indian festivals. People anxiously wait for the time when these festivals would come.
Festivals of India can be grouped under three categories -religious festivals, national festivals and tourist festivals. Hence round the year people are seen enjoying either of these festivals.
Makar Sankrati which falls in January each year is celebrated across India. Also known for kite flying, this festival is celebrated as sun changes its course of rotation.
Shivaratri is celebrated to commemorate wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and Parvati. This divine couple is known for eternal love. Devotees fast and offer prayers in Shiva Mandir on this day.
Baisakhi is a harvest festival which is celebrated majorly in North India. People happily this festival when spring hails.
Holi is a festival which celebrates victory of good over evil. It is a festival of colors where people play with vibrant colors. Coem Holi and entire region is flamboyantly colored. Some regions see the celebrations that last for many days. Preparations of sweets, snacks etc. at home and especially ghujiya .
Raksha Bandhan is primarily a festival of brothers and sisters where sisters tie wonderful rakhis on their brother's wrist and brothers take a pledge to protect their sisters from all evils.
Janamashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. Devotees of Lord Krishna fast on this day. They decorate beautiful jhankis recreating the tales from Lord Krishna's life.
Dusshera also celebrates victory of good over evil. It is believed that on this day Lord Ram killed the demon king Raavana. People burn effigies of Raavan, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran on this day. Ram leelas are a spectator's delight.
Diwali is a festival that commemorates Lord Ram's return to his hometown after exile of 14 years. Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights. People illuminate their houses with diyas, candles and artificial lights.
Christmas is celebrated with same enthusiasm as it is seen overseas. People make delicious cakes etc. On this day, people visit church and attend masses.
Id is celebrated with much fervor. People offer prayers at mosques and young children are seen rejoicing taking idi. How about relishing siwai?
Republic Day is celebrated on 26th of January each year. On this day Indian Constitution came into enforcement.
Independence Day is celebrated to commemorate freedom from British colonialism. People hoist flags on this day and celebrate with enjoyment.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated as a national festival of India. 'Father of the Nation', Mahatama Gandhi was born on this day.
Mewar Festival is a tourist festival of Rajasthan. Lands of Rajasthan are a great crowd puller because of this festival.
Elephant Festival is a tourist's delight. Elegantly decorated elephants and huge procession are a treat for eyes.
Summer Festival is celebrated in Mount Abu. Tourists plan their visit to this place because of this festival.
Pushkar Fair is a world famous tourist festival where camels are a real delight to see.
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