5 majestic Indian festivals you must see at least once!
Indian culture is made up of several different traditions and festivals. The significance of festivals in India is profound. The whole of the country leaves no stones unturned when it comes to celebrating and reliving the same festivals every year. Here are five beautiful festivals celebrated across the country and are experience in itself.
Bihu Festival, Assam
Bihu is the name for the National Festival of Assam which is one of the most beautiful states of India which is reckoned for tea gardens, mighty Brahmaputra River and Lush green forests. Also the state of Assam is reckoned for the Bihu festival that depicts a set of three different cultural festivals of the state.
The origin of the term ‘Bihu’ came from the Sankrit word that means ‘Vishu’. It is the cheerful festival of Assam that is celebrated by the locals irrespective of caste, creed and beliefs. In a year Assamese celebrate three different kinds of Bihu festival that is Bohaag Bihu in the middle of April month, Maagh Bihu in the middle of January month and Kaati Bihu in the middle of October month.
Onam Festival, Kerala
Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.
Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). This corresponds with the month of August-September according to Gregorian Calendar.
Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all. Popularity and presentation of rich culture of the state during the carnival made Onam the National Festival of Kerala in 1961. Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all are a part of the dynamic festival called Onam.
Infamous Desert Festival, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
One of the famous cultural events that dominates the sand of Rajasthan in the month of February – the popular Jaisalmer Desert Festival. It reflects the culture and heritage of Rajasthani people. Being an annual event, the fest garners attentions of many itchy feets. It showcases some of the best cultural traditions that have remained with Rajasthan for years now!
Losar Festival, Ladakh
Losar festival, which its origin rooted in the 15th century, which celebrates the Ladakhi or Tibetan New Year.
The festival, like all other festivals, is celebrated with immense zeal and enthusiasm. The celebrations are characterised by lots of dancing and music, and with an overall spirit of positivity. By all means, the Losar festival is the most pertinent festival in the Tibetan calendar. The festival is usually celebrated for 3 days in the last weeks of January or February, depending on the dates of Tibetan calendar.
The ceremonies represent a lucid struggle between the good and the evil, and includes a lot of chanting of prayers to the gods.
The months of January and February are a good time to be in Ladakh to witness such distinguished ceremonies performed by Lamas.
Eid ul-Fitr, Pan India
Muslims across India celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with exuberance and religious fervour, marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan. Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims all across the globe. During this time, they abstain from food and water from 30 minutes before the sunrise to sunset. The fasting ends on the occasion of Eid. After offering the Eid namaaz, families, friends and neighbours congregate together and exchange pleasantries. The festivity is marked with the preparation of a special dish of “sheer-korma”, a sweet preparation of milk, vermicelli and dry fruits.
In India, members of the community gathered together early morning to offer the special Eid prayers at mosques post which the joyful celebrations began.