India is a land of many cultures and religions. India is a mixture of
different castes, religions, languages, traditions and cultures. And
with different cultures and religions, there are different festivals
celebrated in India every year. While some festivals are celebrated
regionally, others are celebrated nationally, the whole country as
one, united and liberated. Each festival is celebrated with great
enthusiasm and Great Spirit.
India has Hindu's, Muslims, Sikh's, Christian's and various other
religions, and each religion has its own festival to celebrate.
Holi : Holi is the festival of colours and celebrated all over India
where people throw colour or gulal at each other.
Diwali : The festivals of Lights. People decorate the houses and light
with beautiful diya's and people burn crackers and have traditional
Navratri (Dussehra) : Navratri is the festival of worship of Goddess
Durga and her nine manifestations for nine nights. It is one of the
most auspicious occasions of the Hindu community.
Raksha Bandhan : Raksha Bandhan is a festival to celebrate the bond of
love between a brother and a sister, where a brother promises his
sister that he will always protect her.
Onam : is a popular harvest festival of Kerela, and is celebrated to
welcome the great King Mahabali. Onam is also famous for the snake
boat race which is a great tourist attraction.
Krishna Janmashtami : For the people belong to Hindu religion,
Janmashtami is one of the holiest festivals. On the birthday of Lord
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated all over India. This is a festival
which is observed on eighth day of Shukla paksha in the month of
Bhadrapad as per traditional calendar that is followed in the states
of North India. Janmashtami is celebrated on different day in
different states of India. It is because of the variety of
calculations in the time of birth of the Lord Krishna and also for the
differences in regional calendars. Janmashtami is famous for Dahi
Handi in Maharashtra.
Kumbh Mela : The Festival of Immortality
Kumbha Mela is one of the most ancient, yet still living, traditions
of India's glorious past.
The festival dates back the pre-Vedic period, as even in the Vedas
Kumbha Mela is described as a tradition that is already well
established. The popularity of Kumbha Mela has only increased over
the millennia, gathering millions together every twelve years at each
of the four holy places in which the auspicious event occurs and
making it the world's largest gathering of people on Earth for one
common purpose. It is said that even those saints and sages who live
in divine isolation, high in the Himalayas, engaged only in meditation
and austerities, emerge from the mountains to attend the Kumbha.
Kumbha is a world-renowned trademark of India's proud antiquity, and
is a matchlessly divine occasion.
Spanning a period through January and February, Purna (Full) Kumbha
Mela will take place in Allahabad (the City of God), also known as
Prayagraj, a divine location situated on the confluence of three
sacred rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Kumbha Mela is a microcosm of the beauty and rich diversity of India.
One author describes the Kumbha Mela.