India is a beautiful portrayal of diversity. The multi-ethnic character of the country has bestowed the land of diversity with various wondrous festivals and fairs. The vibrant colors of celebration are witnessed throughout the year. There are some festivals that are celebrated at a large scale, on the other, there are fairs defining the ethnicity of a state but attract visitors not only from other parts of India, but all around the globe. The list of the festivals and fairs in India is very long and thus, which results in festivity in India, throughout the year. Here are some of the major festivals and fairs of India mentioned below:
Every nook and corner of India are soaked in vibrant colors of blue, red, green, yellow, etc. Holi is celebrated throughout India, but the festival is considered very significant in some of the cities of Uttar Pradesh. There also are various stories and legends in support of the celebration of the festival of colors.
On the night of Diwali, the entire country is adorned with earthen lamps. This is the festival of light, signifying the victory of good over evil. There also are various stories connected to the celebration of the festival.
Eid or Id-ul-Fitr in Arabic stands for the ‘festival of breaking the fast’. This is celebrated by the Muslim community residing in India. After the month of fast ‘Ramadan’, special prayers are offered and feast is organized. As Muslims are not confined to any one state, thus, the festivity is witnessed throughout India.
Christmas is a festival, which is celebrated at global level. The festival is also celebrated with great show and grace all round India. Goa is one state, where people could enjoy the best of the Christmas festivity. Prayers, parties, gifts, and merrymaking are the attributes of Christmas.
Ganesh Chaturthi is one important Hindu festival, which is celebrated with great show and vigor in different parts of India. Thus, to get best soaked in the festivity, Mumbai is the place to be. This is a ten day festival, and during the entire celebration, people are found in full devotion and spirituality could clearly be felt in the air.
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Dussehra, one of the Hindu festivals, also signifies the victory of good over evil. Navratiri and Durga Puja are also the part of Dussehra celebration. There are various legendary stories associated with celebration. The festival is celebrated throughout India, but states like West Bengal and Mysore showcase the best of the festivity.
Janmashtami is celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Krishna to put an end to the unfairness of Kansa. The festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm throughout India. To enjoy the best of the festival ceremonies, Mathura and Brindavan are the destinations to witness the celebration with great grace.
Onam is one of the major festivals celebrated in Kerala. The celebration is marked by ostentation and ceremony. The atmosphere holds the feel of joyfulness and people celebrate the festival with full enthusiasm. Various events such as boat races, house decoration, etc., are witnessed.
Pongal is basically the festival of harvest. This festival is celebrated almost in all parts of India. The same festival is celebrated with different names in different states of India. In Karnataka, the Pongal festival is celebrated with a lot of revelry and is popularly known as Sankranti. During this festival, families and friends visit each others’ place and exchange greetings.
Chhath is one of the major festivals celebrated in Bihar. Thus, the festival is to extend thanksgiving to the Sun God. This festival is celebrated on the banks of the Ganga River. Colorful dresses, singing, music, and extravagant rituals are the major attributes of the celebration.
India is also a beauteous land, where numerous fairs are organized to celebrate life. These fairs are celebrated at a large scale and thus, help people to enjoy, breaking the humdrum of tightly scheduled lifestyle. There are numerous fairs organized in every state of India. Here are few of the selected fairs mentioned below:
Kumbh Mela is one of the important and oldest Hindu festivities. This fair is celebrated every three years in holy cities such as Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Nasik (Maharashtra), Allahabad or Prayag (Uttar Pradesh) and Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh). This fair is attended by millions of pilgrims from all across India to take a holy dip in the holy rivers.
Jagannath Rath Yatra
During the Jagannath Rath Yatra, Puri in Orissa is at its best. There is spiritually and enthusiasm could be experienced in the surrounding. Huge processions are held. The Lord Jagannath, Baklabhadra and Subhadra, in their grand chariots are traveled around the place and the devotees take part in the procession with great enthusiasm.
Baisakhi National Fair
To enjoy the best of the Baisakhi National Fair, Punjab is the destination. This fair is organized to honor the agreement with Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs. He envisaged Paanth Khalsa, the order of the pure ones or the path of truth, on this date.
Pushkar Fair is one of the popular Indian Fair. Visitors from all across the globe visit the Rajasthan during the fair. This fair is especially renowned for the world’s biggest camel fair. The livestock is traded in this fair. Various stalls and shops of handicrafts are also put up for the visitors to buy some authentic artifacts from Rajasthan.
The fun and frolic Goa Carnival attracts Indian and foreign tourists to visit Goa. The carnival showcases all vibrant colors and people enjoy with full enthusiasm. Colorful processions, with people singing and dancing are spotted during the carnival.