India is known for its rich heritage and culture, and the reason it is called the land of the festival is that people from different religions coexist harmoniously. The variety of festivals India possesses will make you go awestruck. These include many religious as well as cultural festivals. Almost every month in India is festival struck, that’s how unique its heritage is.
In today’s world where there are so much pressure and dullness in everyone’s life, these festivals are the source of an escape route from all of it. Celebrating festivals with friends and families not only makes us come closer but also takes of the stress we carry with ourselves.
If you want a taste of Indian festivals, the best time to visit India is from September to March next year, where some of the important festivals are celebrated. The festivals celebrated in India show its rich culture and traditions. These are the festivals where every Indian can be seen at their vibrant best.
Here are the upcoming festivals in 2017-2018 in India –
Festivals in July 2017
Hemis Festival is the biggest and richest festival of Ladakh which celebrates the birthday of Lord Padmasambhava. On this festival, the lamas perform cham dance and is celebrated in the month of mostly July according to the Tibetan month.
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Festivals in August 2017
- Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is one of the most significant festivals of India. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is mostly celebrated among the Hindus which signifies the brother-sister bonding. It is the festival where a sister ties a sacred thread (called Rakhi) on her brother’s wrist wishing him well-being throughout his life, and in return, the brother promises to keep her protected.
It symbolizes the strong bonding of sister and brother, and it is not necessary for a girl to tie rakhi to her blood-related brothers, but anyone. It is celebrated during the full moon day of Sharvana month of the Hindu Calendar, and according to the Georgian calendar, it is celebrated in August.
- Indian Independence Day
August is the month for another Indian Festival, the Independence Day of India. On 15th August 1647, India got its independence from British rule. On this day every year, the Prime Minister of India hosts the tricolor flag (Tiranga) at the historic Red Fort, New Delhi.
- Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important Hindu festivals of India and hugely celebrated among the Maharashtrians and the people from Andhra Pradesh in August or September. It is a ten-day affair, and people bring handcrafted Ganesh idols to their homes. It is the birthday celebration of Lord Ganesha. If you are wondering about the best time to visit India, this is the time. A number of people gathering in huge amount to celebrate this festival totally change the entire environment.
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Festivals in October 2017 –
Vijayadashami or Dussehra is another famous festival celebrated in India. Dussehra is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. People burn huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarna, and Meghnath which is a delight to watch. This festival is celebrated in October.
Festivals in November 2017 –
- Diwali or Deepawali
20 days straight after Dussehra comes the festival of light, Diwali. Diwali is the most prominent festival celebrated by the Hindus. It is celebrated in mid-October or first week of November. You can find the best holiday packages in India at this time of the year.
Festivals in December 2017 –
Christmas is the festival celebrated all around the world and is celebrated on 25th of December every year. This festival is celebrated across India, and the states like Kerala and Goa holds the most significance to this festival.
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Festivals in March 2018
When it comes to the best time to visit India, I recommend people to visit in the month of March. It is the time for the festival of colors. Holi is the festival which brings people of different religion, caste and color together.
There are some amazing festivals in India waiting and book your tour with the best tour operators in India and celebrate it with compassion.
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