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India is a land of festivals and fairs, a country of different religions, cultures. It is said that as many number of people are there in India same number of festivals are celebrated here. Every day there is a festival celebrated in some part of the country. With festivals around the corner in every season there is lot of fun, excitement prevailing in the air. Some festivals are celebrated to mark the arrival of the season like the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Festivals in India
Being a multi religious country all the festivals are celebrated with same enthusiasm and sprit. If Hindus celebrate Diwali festival then there is Id. for the Muslims and Christmas for the Christians. People around the world are surprised with the sovereignty of Indian festivals.
 
 
     
 
Holi :
The multicolored festival of Holi is celebrated in northern parts of India during February-March. It's a festival of colors symbolizing intact unity among people. They rub gulaal(the colors used) on each other, dance and sing on the traditional tunes. On this auspicious day of the Holi, men, women, children irrespective of caste and creed intermingle and greet each other. Holi
Time of celebration: February- March
 
 
     
 
Diwali:
Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, sweets, crackers is one of the most significant of all Hindu festivals. It has its base in the enormous epic of Ramayana. Legends say that Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exil on this day.People adorned their homes with lamps, colors, candles and small earthen pots. People greet each other, distribute sweets, it seems as if whole heaven is illuminated with kaleidoscopic lights and fireworks. Diwali
Time of celebration: Between Oct 15- Nov 15.
 
 
     
 
Dusshera:
Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, sweets, crackers is one of the most significant of all Hindu festivals. It has its base in the enormous epic of Ramayana. Legends say that Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exil on this day.People adorned their homes with lamps, colors, candles and small earthen pots. People greet each other, distribute sweets, it seems as if whole heaven is illuminated with kaleidoscopic lights and fireworks. Dushera
Time of celebration: Sep 25- Oct 25
 
 
     
 
Ganesh Chaturthi:
It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in the state of Maharashtra. The festivity end when the idol of Guanaco is submerged in water (visarjan), with the loud chants of Ganapati Bappa Moraya Ganesh Chaturthi
Time of celebration: September
 
 
     
 
Eid-ul-fitre/ Bakri Eid:
The most important festivals for Muslims are the Eids. These are celebrated to memorialize the sacramental sacrifice (Id-ul-Zuha - Bakr-id), ending of a month fasting (Id-ul-Fitr - Ramzan-id) and the birth of the prophet (Id-e-Milad - Milad-un-Nabi). Eid is celebrated with a Namaz - prayer in a mosque, distributing sweets, gifts and spraying of attar - rose essence. Eid
 
 
 
     
 
Raksha Bandhan:
Brotherly duties and sisterly love are symbolized during the Rakshabandhan festival in India. All sisters tie decorative threads on their brother's wrist to ensure their wellbeing, and protection from the evil and in return brothers take a promise of being a protector to their sisters. Rakhi
Time of celebration July-August
 
 
     
 
Onam:
Onam is the most important festival of South India and it is associated with the myth of the mythological king Mahabali. On this auspicious day the houses are cleaned, embellished and lighted to welcome the generous ruler of antiquity. During this time the prestigious, the bizarre boat races at Alapuzha is a major attraction among the tourist. Onam
 
 
 
     
 
Christmas:
India also celebrates Christmas on December 25th with same enthusiasm and fun like any other Hindu festival. The festival symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ. The enchanting decoration of Christmas tree, Santa Claus, gifts, sweets, cakes all depicts the dawning of Christmas. In Goa and Kerela Christmas celebrations is worth seeing.
Besides these, there are other festivals like Bhaiya Dooj, Pongal, Baisakhi, Krishna Janmastami, Buddha Jayanti, Kumbh Mela, childrens' day and many more which are celebrated with affectation and splendor.
 
 
     
 
Pushkar Fair:
It is a fair of colors, cloths, camels and cattle's. Besides marketing of horses, camels, cows and bulls, there are exhilarating camel-cart races and cultural events. The camels are adorned with jewelry and exuding colors. On the full moon of Kartik(Nov.) pilgrims take a holy dip in the Pushkar lake. Pushkar Fair
Time of Celebration: Month of November
 
 
     
 
Kumbh Mela :
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges river. The normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 3 years, the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad (Prayag). The Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places (Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik). The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Allahabad. Kumbh Mela
 
 
     
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