The land of festivals, India, is known for celebrating almost everything in life. The various festivals which we Indians celebrate play a major part in making India-the mystical land it is today. It’s a land of various cultures not just merely co-existing together but making the most of each other’s traditions and when we talk about traditions how can we not discuss festivals? Festivals and celebrations are an integral part of the Indian society. To experience the land of festivals at its best, monsoons are indeed, without a second thought, the best time. The rains mark the beginning of the festival season in India; every region of the country has its own way to celebrate the monsoon festivities. Many festivals are celebrated during this period, but these five festive marks great importance to everyone.
1) Ganesh Chaturthi
This Hindu festival that was essentially transformed into a major public event by Lokmanya Tilak holds a lot of religious importance to the devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi that is primarily celebrated over a period of 10 days is the most auspicious festival in Maharashtra.
2) Raksha Bandhan
Celebrating the love of siblings, Raksha Bandhan is a much-awaited festival for every brother and sister in this country. The secular festival which occurs between August and September, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by a sister tying a sacred thread on the wrist of her brother as a sign to protect her.
Teej, basically a festival that is celebrated by married women is mainly celebrated in the northern, north-eastern and western part of the country. It is also known by different names in different states, for instance, Hartalika Teej, Kajari Teej and Hariyali Teej. This monsoon festival is a symbol of goddess Parvati’s reunion with her husband Lord Shiva.
Onam is the largest festival in the “God’s Own Country” of Kerala, celebrated with fun and fervour by Malayalees across India. The harvest festival of Onam is celebrated with ten days of feasting, snake boat races, song, dance and merriment. The 10 days are part of the traditional Onam celebrations and each day has its own importance in various rituals and traditions. During the foremost cultural festival of the Kerala, flower arrangement and amazing designs are one of the major attractions.
Just like Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami is also a universal festival celebrated all over India with equal excitement. While the celebrations are different in different parts of India, but the devotion for Lord Krishna is the same everywhere. In Maharashtra, Dahi Handi is celebrated, in which group of young men form towers in order to break a curd vessel hanging at a height.
Which of these festivals do you or your family celebrate the most?