INDIA is a land of diverse religions, cultures, cuisines, festivals, languages and creeds where hundreds of different communities live together in harmony. It is a nation that hosts one or more festivals every month. Full of colours, enhanced by rituals, offering spectacular visuals, these fairs and festivals in India reflect the Indian philosophy of joyous living and togetherness.
The most famous festivals in India are Durga Puja, Dussehra, and Diwali that are celebrated in great fervour with oil lamps, decorative lights. The buildings and streets are illuminated and the atmosphere is just electrifying!
Similarly, the festival of Dev Deepavali is celebrated with great grandeur in Varanasi where over 100,000 earthen lamps are lit on the banks of River Ganges. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in West India to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesh with a lot of pomp and show; processions of thousands of devotees immerse the idol in the open Arabian Sea. It’s a wonderful sight to behold!
South India also celebrates festivals in their quintessential fashion with traditional food, rituals, decoration and costumes. The soulful culture of Kerala reflects itself in Onam, the traditional festival of Kerala where you witness boat races, tiger dances, pokkalam (colourful flower decoration), folk music and dance, and Indian martial arts.
India is also known for its extravagant fairs such as Kumbh Mela, Rath Yatra, Pushkar Camel fair and Brij ki Holi where people flock to worship the deities by taking a dip in the holy rivers, and celebrate by taking part in the processions, indulging in the rural Olympics, or smearing each other with colours.
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