Holi: One of the, if not the most colourful festivals celebrated in the world, Holi is representative of India’s essence and vibrancy. The beautiful cultural festival celebrated with colours and water in the month of March is a special festival marked all across the country. Celebrated across two days; the night before the colour playing family and friends gather to burn a bonfire to commemorate the sacrifice of Holika and the next day people come out and play with colours and water in the spirit of joy. Among the famous places to celebrate Holi in India, Mathura, Vrindavan, Dwarka and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand .
Deepawali:The festival of festivals, Deepawali is one of the most widely celebrated cultural festivals in India, marked across communities and regions. The festival of light marks the home coming of Lord Ram from his exile to his kingdom. The festival sees households decorated in beautiful electronic lights along with diyas and rangolis. In the evening there is a grand puja of Goddess Laxmi the harbinger of wealth with crackers burnt after it to mark the end of the festival. Deepawali celebrations are best seen in the northern parts of the country such as UP, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi.
Christmas: Perhaps one of the biggest and widely celebrated as cultural as wells as religious festivals in the world, Christmas is also celebrated with the same zeal and zest in India too. The decorated churches, the Santa Claus and the Christmas Eve gifts are part of the whole experience of celebrating Christmas by not only Christians but people from other religion too. The best place to experience the beauty of Christmas is in Old Goa, Meghalaya and Cochin where one can visit beautiful churches and witness the excitement on the streets which is usually missing in northern and western parts of the country.
Losar Festival:Losar Festival is the celebration of the New Year by Tibetan Buddhists in the country. It is believed that this festival pre-dates the emergence of Buddhism in India and is one of the most culturally stimulating Indian festivals. Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh are the best places to celebrate Losar festival. Losar celebrations go on for fifteen days with the first three days being the most important. The festival is usually celebrated during February-March with folk dancing, music and local beverages part of the festivities.
Durga Poona/Dussehra:The beginning of perhaps the happiest point in a calendar year in India, Durga Puja – celebrated over nine days and Dussehra are twin Indian festivals that bring loads of joy to the people here. Durga Puja marks the return of Goddess Kali to her maternal home for nine days, during these nine days the goddess is worshipped every day during the morning, with Bhog being offered during the afternoon and evening spent in watching cultural events such as dancing and singing. Durga Puja in Bengal is known worldwide for the celebrations and Kolkata is the best city to experience the charm of this amazing religious festival in India. Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day celebrating the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana, marked by the burning of Ravana effigies all across the country.
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