Fair and Festivals
Fair and Festivals in India: India is the land of fair & festivals and they happen round the year. There are noble cause and meaningful identity behind each and every festival, based upon rituals, traditions, legends, monsoon and history while many express devotion to the deities of different religions. All Indian fairs and festivals have lots of diversity according to the culture, life style, language and religion of each state. There are hundreds of big & small festivals celebrated in India and some of the most important fairs & festivals are mentioned below:
- Diwali or Dipawali: This is the most important festival of Hindus and it is celebrated across all India. This festival usually falls in last of October or beginning of November. Diwali is celebrated because of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years. Also, people worship Goddess Laxmi, who is considered Goddess of wealth in India, on this day.
- Dussehra: This festival is celebrated on the occasion of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, who was considered as the King of demons. This festival is also known for the victory of good over evils.
- Holi: This festival falls on every March. Holi is one of the exuberant Hindu festivals and it brings the message of the onset of spring. On this special day, people throw colored water and colored powder on each others. The festival of Holi is being celebrated in India since centuries with the same zeal and zest.
- Christmas: This festival is celebrated in India with great fervor. All the major cities of India wear a festive look. This festival is mainly celebrated in South India but it has its importance in all over India.
- Kumbha Mela: There is a mythological story behind the celebration of Kumbh Mela. This fair is celebrated in the victory of Gods over demons over the possession of the “Amrit Kumbh”, a pitcher filled with nectar. This festival is considered as one of the most important religious events in India. This fair is celebrated in four places- Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain.
- Pushkar Fair: This fair is primarily dedicated to Lord Brahma, who is considered the creator of life and human being in Indian mythology. The lovely and gigantic fair falls on the last full moon day of the Hindu month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and it is celebrated near the sacred lake of Pushkar. The fair is the biggest camel market and thousands of pilgrims gather here to take a dip in the holy lake.
- Navaratri: This festival and fair is celebrated in the honor of the goddess and goes for nine days. On the tenth day the Dussehra is celebrated. The Navaratri festival is celebrated almost in all over India and it is celebrated for nine consecutive days, each day is dedicated to a special avatar of Goddess Shakti. One day is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and other eight days are dedicated to her other avatars known as “Kali”, “Laxmi”, “Sarasvati”, “Chandi-ka”, “Durga”, “Bhavani”, “Ambika”, “Ashtabhuja.” On the occasion of Navratri people dances with dandiyas (sticks using in dance) and celebrate this festival with worship and dance.
- Raksha Bandhan: This festival is dedicated to brothers & sisters. Sisters tie a band (Rakhi) on their brother’s wrists and in return brothers give gifts to their sisters and swear to protect them from evils and problems. This festival comes on every August and celebrated in all over India with love and affection.