India – A Land of Fest and Feast
Memerizing India is almost identified with a land of festivals, celebrations, feasting. Every moment of life lived jovially and it escalation and is not recent. Rather, since times unknown Indians have been commemorating events with conviviality. With the beginning of a new year, occasions come and are celebrated happily. The country is diversified but emits the jubilation with festivals. Preparations are made well in advance to make the day most memorable whose memories are indelible.
Types of Indian Festivals
Indian Festivals are categorized variedly. There are cultural, religious, national and regional festivals that mark the event calender of India. The Indian diaspora has ample reasons to observe the festivals. Some may say that they are observing the event to usher a new year, some may reason that the event has religious importance. People vent out their suppressed emotion and feelings and the expression of delirium is quite obvious on those smiling faces.
The multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious ethos of Indian festivals is remarkable. Being a secular country, each festival is celebrated with great and equal enthusiasm. Be it a birthday of any saint, preacher, great Indian hero who has contributed in the making of legendary history or the season which heralds harvesting, full moon and rains etc. One common feature of all these festivals is the Indian-ism.
Religious Festivals of India
As the nation is deemed as a secular one, the country is inhabited by multicultural and multi-religious people. Where there are Hindus who observe Dushera, Holi, Diwali, as their most prominent annual festivals, with some other important festivals like Makar Sankrati, Onam, Pongal, Bhai Duj, Durga Puja, Raksha Bandhan, Shivratri, Janamashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi there are Muslims who celebrate Bakri-Id, Barah Wafat and Id-ul-Fitr as significant ones. Sikhs celebrate Hindu festivals with Guru Nanak Jayanti and Christians frolic in the festivities of Christmas, Easter and New Year. Other significant communities of Jains, Parsis, and numerous others celebrate their festivals with equal enthusiasm.
Regional Festivals of India
Each region in India is a proud owner of rich heritage of festivals and culture. For instance the northern India celebrate some festivals which the southern India might not even be aware of. Some extraordinary region specific festivals are tourism festivals, Camel festival, Pushkar festival Bihu festival, Baisakhi, Lohri, Teej, Ganguar, Brij festival, Mewar festival, ugadi, Chetti Chand.
National Festivals of India
Each resident in India is a proud Indian. The patriotism of these citizens is manifested in the celebrations of National Festivals of India. The first and foremost significant festival is Indian Independence Day celebrated on 15th August every year. This day holds a special prominence in heart of every Indian as the day reminds them of the glorious history when India gained freedom the colonialism from British. Republic Day celebrated on 26th January each year is another festival that Indians are proud of. The day is to celebrate the constitution of India. Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October is a day when Indians commemorate the sacrifices of our great Indian hero, Mahatma Gandhi, fondly called Bapu. The preachings of satya (truth) and ahimsa (non – violence) are still revered.
Visit to India will take you close to some exclusive festivities the Indians are proud of. The festivals are an episode of emotional, cultural, regional, religious and national saga.