India is a country which is often known for non-stop festivals. Behind every festival there are some epic cultural stories which are entwined in it. And it is this special story which makes every festival both different and unique from the other. We have come up with some of the renowned religious festival which are a must watch in India.
‘Holi’ which is also known as the festival of colors where people of all age group love to get together and splash powdered colors and water on each other. It is a special celebration which takes place in the month of March. If you want to play authentic Holi the best place to play would be at Vrindhavan or Mathura, where people love to play Holi with flower petals. It is often advised to oil your hair and body to prevent the colors from staining your skin.
Every region has its own special Holi especially Lathmar Holi which is played in Mathura where every Indian women get together to beat their husband with ‘laths’ before commencement of the traditional Holi.
If you want to witness the traditional culture of Bengal, it is best to be a part of the festival of Durga Puja. The festival is a way of offering tribute to Goddess Durga, who is worshipped as the symbol of divine feminine energy. Durga Puja is a festival where all the talented artisans get the opportunity to showcase their art in creating beautiful pandals and jaw dropping statues of the goddesses. The celebrations usually takes place in the month of September and October.
If you want to watch beautiful pandals, it is best to walk with the crowds during evenings. The real festivities of Durga Puja takes place in Kolkata and other parts of Bengal. However, one may find some minor celebrations taking place in several parts of Delhi too.
Rakhi is another unique festival celebrated in India. It honors and celebrates the unique relation of siblings. As is customary, sisters tie rakhi on the brother’s wrist as a bond of protection. Although this festival is not celebrated with a lot of pomp and show, yet exchange of gifts is a part of the tradition. But with the passage of time and the growing distances between siblings, people prefer to send rakhi online. Rakshabandhan usually takes place in the month of August.
Markets are filled with beautiful gift options for brother and sister which makes the celebrations even more both livelier and memorable for the siblings. You can shop for sweets, gifts and chocolates to make the occasion special. These are some of the popular festivals that are celebrated in India and there are still more for you to enjoy.