India is the land of beautiful and nice traditional festivals. Most of people in India love festivals. They enjoy it very much with their family members and friends. In each month, you can find at least one festival in the calendar. In this article, we have compiled a list of the 10 most popular festivals of India for your best travel experience.
Top 10 Most Popular Festivals of India
Diwali is the most celebrated festival of India. Diwali festival is also known as the “Festival of Lights”. On this day, people do practice of lighting the Diya on their house as well as in the offices. There is a long vacation in schools/colleges as well as other educational institutions.
On this auspicious day, people share greetings with each other. Traveling in India for the Diwali celebration is the best experience. In our earlier article, we have compiled a list of the most popular Diwali destinations. Diwali is observed and celebrated in the whole country.
Specially celebrated in: Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Goa / Konkan and Assam.
Holi is a festival of colors and one of the most celebrated festivals of India. It is being celebrated every year around the month of March. The most of people used to throw colored water on each other to celebrate the festival of colors. Usually, they didn’t throw colors at unknown people but now days in some places; people used to throw dirty colored water which is harmful to our skin. So, be careful while enjoying this beautiful colorful festival in India. Do not forget to celebrate this festival in these Holi destinations of India.
Specially Celebrated in: Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Goa, Maharashtra, Manipur, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil nadu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.
3. Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is the most sacred and one of the holiest festivals of India between the relationship of brothers and sisters. On this day, sister knot tie (Rakhi) on brother’s hand (wrist) for his security, progress and blessings from the GOD. In reward of this, brother promise to his sister for her security. Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated in India each year.
4. Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami or simply Janmashtami festival is being celebrated each year with lots of joy and happiness. It is also called as Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini and so on. There are various cities in India where the celebration of the Lord Krishna birth are takes place. For example, Mathura, Vrundavan, Dwarka, Mumbai, Pune, Gokul and others.
Celebrated in: Maharashtra, Manipur, South India, Northern and Eastern India.
5. Eid Ul Fitr (Ramadan Eid)
Eid Al Fitr is a festival of breaking of the fast or the simply sweet festival. It is also one of the most celebrated festivals of India. It is marked by the millions of Muslims worldwide after the end of the Islamic month Ramadan. The celebration date of Ramadan is not fixed because Muslims believe in the moon calendar.
Mostly Celebrated in: Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Karnataka
Christmas is one of the biggest festivals in the world. It is also observed by the Christians in India and now days Hindu-Muslim also takes part in the festival. Christmas is a national holidays and bank holiday in India in spite of having very less Christian population in India. Please do not forget to visit these beautiful places in India to celebrate the Christmas in the country.
Celebrated in: Mumbai, Tamil nadu, Kerala, Mizoram, New Delhi, Goa
7. Eid Ul Adha (Bakra Eid)
Eid Ul Adha is also known as Bakra Eid, celebrated in the some parts of India. Eid Ul Adha or Bakra Eid festival is observed by the Muslims across the world. This festival is being celebrated each year as the symbol of sacrifice.
8. Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi festival is being celebrated by the Hinduism followers in the whole country especially in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. This festival is being celebrated to mark the birthday of the Lord Ganesh, son of the Lord Shiva.
9. Navratri / Dussehra / Durga Puja
Navratri is one of the most popular Hindu festivals of India. It is being celebrated in the country to worship the Hindu deity Durga. In these nine nights, the most of people do special Puja to show their devotion towards the Ma Shakti. Now days, the most of people do GARBA in the party plots after the Durga Puja in India and abroad.
Celebrated in: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and others.
10. Chhath Puja
Chhath Puja is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in India. On this day, the millions of Indian people do worship the Sun god on the bank of river. Chhath Puja is mostly celebrated by the people of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha.
Celebrated in: Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh
Besides above list of most popular festivals of India, there are several others, such as Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Onam, Maha Shivaratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, and others. However, most of these festivals are regional and not celebrated in most of states.
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Article last re-published on March 9, 2016.