Planning A Trip To India? Here’s our list of the 10 Most Popular Indian Festival.
India has many religions and hundreds of customs and festivals. Many of these festivals are shared by communities across the country, a variation on their history, theme, and method of celebration. Here’s our list of the 10 Most Popular Indian Festival.
Holi is the festival of color which is celebrated in North India and is a unique itself. It is celebrated in the month of March. From the Old epics of Mahabharat, Lord Krishna used to play Holi along with his disciples in the village Mathura which is near to Agra and Delhi. You can visit these places by doing a Golden Triangle Tour of India. Also, the same day excursion from Delhi or a day excursion from Agra can be possible to visit Mathura. It is now a possibility by taking a Rajasthan Tour and playing Holi in one of the places in case of the classic Rajasthan Tour. Holi
is played on the eve of the Spring season. People are using different water and dry colors to greet one. Sweets are offered to the guests coming to apply color to you. In case of details please send us the details.
This is a festival popular in the whole of India but celebrated in the North part of India. This is also worldwide known as the Festival of Light. It is celebrated in the month of November. Generally, this is known for the victory over the demons. WhenLord Rama (from the epic of Ramayana) killed the Demon Ravana and returned to his state, the people of his state Ayudhya lighted the whole city for welcoming Lord Rama. From those days this Festival had gained its importance. Nowadays the celebration of Diwali is also witnessed in another part of the world where the Indians are settled. To experience this festival a Classic Rajasthan Tour in November can give you the experience to celebrate with an Indian Family. Also, it can fit with the other tours keeping in view the Festival dates.
Pongal alternately says as “Utarayana”. Hinduism believes in Astrology and it is said when Sun enters into the Makar Rasi – It is called Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year in almost all parts of India. Though it is named as Pongal in South Part of India,
Makar Sankranti is called Lohri in the North Part of India. It is also the Festival of Harvest and a welcome for the arrival of the Spring to India. Also, we rate it as the Kite Festival. Mostly in North India Tour and Gujarat Tour you can see the Kite Flying in the Sky by the people and make a charming atmosphere among each other.
CAR FESTIVAL / RATH YATRA
Rath Yatra or Car Festival is a traditional festival celebrated in the state of Odisha which is in the Eastern Part of India. This is celebrated in the month of July every year. You can experience this Festival for a celebrated 9 days when Lord Jagannath (Incarnation of Lord Vishnu) goes to his Aunt’s house and stays there for 9 days. The ritual can be experienced by taking a Tour of Odisha or Tribal Tour To Odisha and staying in Puri for 2 days. Apart from this Festival a day excursion to the Sun Temple Konark and watching Dolphins are quite popular in this region. Chilka is the biggest Lagoon of Asia and famous for Migratory birds. More than 150 species of birds are coming to Chilka every year. So it is a paradise for the Bird watchers also.
Lord Ganesh is popular in the world as Elephant God. The arrival of Lord Ganesh on this Auspicious day of the Lunar month is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi. This is celebrated as the birth date of our God of security from all the misfortune who is the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. It is also a 10 days celebration in the month of July or August. A visit to Mumbai will give you added experience to witness this Festival. This festival is celebrated by all
the Bollywood stars and you can visit the Bollywood city and the Elephanta caves along with the Festival.
NAVRATRI / DUSSEHRA
Navratri has celebrated all parts of India whereas Dussehra (Durga Puja) is celebrated in Eastern India. Navaratri is celebrated for nine days and the tenth day of the festival is known as Dussehra. It is celebrated every year in the month of September – October as per the lunar calendar of the Aswin month. Indians believe mostly the Women power or the Goddesses. So the celebration of the Nine days as Navratri is a devotion to the Goddess Durga and on the 10 th day, the celebration of Dussehra is for the victory of Lord Rama over the Demon Ravana. While conduction the Tour on North India, Golden Triangle, Classical Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha, you will see so many replicas of the
demons are made with crackers and are fired in the evening to celebrate this festival.
Janmashtami is celebrated on the eve of the birth of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated on the 8th day some times in the month of (August -September) as per the lunar month of the Hindu calendar. People generally observe fast on the occasion of Janmashtami. The temples are lighted throughout and it is mostly celebrated in the midnight as the birth of Lord Krishna in the Jail of Mathura, which is near to Agra and Delhi. You can visit this place by doing a Golden Triangle Tour of India. Also, the same day excursion from Delhi or a day excursion from Agra can be possible to visit Further possibility by taking a Classical Rajasthan Tour and en route Mathura.
Bihu means the change in season. It is celebrated thrice a year Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu in April, Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu in January and Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu in October/ November and its origin is believed to be from the Sanskrit word ' Vishu' Though a Regional Festival of Assam a state of Eastern part of India, it represents sowing seeds, paddy and farming and transporting of paddy. The Magh Bihu is celebrated for the arrival of the Harvest Period. With the Bihu Festival and a visit to the Seven Sister States, The most raining place Cherrapunji and the Wildlife Tour to Kaziranga National Park can be added on.
Bhagoria Haat Festival generally seen at the Jambu Ghoda village at Madhya Pradesh & adjacent regions of Chhota Udaipur of Gujarat. It is celebrated in the month of March seven days before the Holi festival. It is celebrated in different locations which are treated as the Market Place or Haat. The Typical tribes Aadiwasi people come and pay a visit to the market places by Bullock carts and local bikes and also by Motorcycles. The girls have a privilege to
choose her life partner in this Fair by her mercy and can be converted to marriage on the later stage. People buy their stuff required for Holi. One can experience the Folk music and Folk Songs. The tribal women come with traditional attire and ornaments. For details, you can take a tribal Tour of the Gujarat or Tribal Tour of Madhya Pradesh or the Great Tour this time to make an eye witness to this festival.
Hornbill is celebrated from 1 st till 10 th of December every year. It is celebrated in the village Kisama which is a Naga Heritage Village – 12 km from the Capital of Nagaland Kohima. Generally the beliefs of the Tribes and their Sacredness to participate in agriculture, this festival is celebrated by them. All the tribes come and participate in this festival and feel it is essential. The objective of this festival is to protect and sustain the rich culture of Nagaland and display it globally.