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BEST FESTIVALS FOR FOREIGNERS TO CELEBRATE IN INDIA

The travel and tourism industry is one of the quickest developing ventures of the world. It assumes an imperative job in the monetary improvement of a nation. India is one of the most sought after travel destinations in Asia.

Limited by the mountain chain ranges within the north and encompassed, on three sides by water, India offers a wide cluster of locations to see and experience that pull in voyagers from everywhere throughout the world.

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Indian festivals are known to be colourful and really awesome.

If you are visiting India then it is a must to take part in these festival celebrations.

DIWALI

Diwali is undoubtedly the most amazing festival celebrated in India. Unlike most other festivals that are specific to different regions and quadrants of India, Diwali is celebrated throughout the sub-continent.

It falls in the month of either October or November and the date varies according to the Indian calendar every year. This festival is characterized by lights and fireworks.

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It is celebrated to commemorate the victory of the righteous against the evil personified by Hindu mythological images.

People wear traditional outfits and prepare feasts that are exclusively meant for Diwali.

Lamps also termed ad “diyas” are lit everywhere inside and outside houses to personify goodness and light. In the southern part of India, people celebrate Diwali by bursting firecrackers and you can witness the entire night sky light up on Diwali’s eve which will be a totally breath-taking spectacle.

The amazing delicacies prepared especially for Diwali add on to the rest of the goodness.

DUSSHERA

Dusshera is celebrated for nine days continuously and it marks the celebration of the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil Mahishasura. Dusshera is celebrated throughout the country in different ways. In Kolkatta, the main focus is on goddess Durga and the celebration is termed as Durga Puja. You can witness the entire city turning vibrant and extremely active during this period of the year. In Mysore, it is called Dasara and is marked by the lighting up f the infamous Mysuru palace where stories about the festival are narrated every night for all the nine days. The royal family of Mysore arranges a massive gala and feast during this time for their exclusive guests. In Gujarat, you can witness more of dancing and live activities. In Delhi, various stories are narrated through street plays and other traditional act forms. In Tamil Nadu, Dusshera is celebrated by arranging a beautiful display of dolls in houses called “golu”. People visit each other’s places to have a look at the golu displays and exchange sweets and other delicacies. In Hyderabad, Dussehra is celebrated in the name of “bathukamma” praising goddess Durga. Indulging in all the culturally rich activities involved will be an amazing and totally new experience for any foreigner.

HOLI

Holi is clearly the most colourful festival you will come across in the world.

 It marks the beginning of the period of harvest in India. On the eve of the festival huge fire is formed and old things, wood and other unwanted stuff are burnt in that fire. On the day of Holi, people get dressed up in white and coloured water and powders are thrown everywhere. This is considered as a fun activity marking the sharing of love and affection. Other activities such as traditional concerts and dancing also take place on the day of Holi.

On the whole, Holi is the most fun-filled festival one can experience in India.

If you are planning to visit India during Holi, put it on top of your bucket list.

PONGAL

Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu which is celebrated as Sankranthi in Andra Pradesh. Since the harvest seasons are not the same for the northern and southern parts of India, the harvest festivals are celebrated during different times.

A Pongal celebration go on for four long days and is truly an amazing festival to experience.

It begins with ‘Boghi’ which is celebrated on the Pongal eve. People make huge fires in front of their houses and burn old stuff in that fire. This marks getting rid of the old and welcoming the new.

On the day of Pongal, people offer their harvest products to the sun lord and thank him for a good agricultural year. Mouth-watering delicacies are cooked. The next day is called “maatu Pongal” and it involves thanking the cattle and celebrating the goodness provided to the families by the cattle. The last day of Pongal is called “kaanum Pongal” and it is marked by delicious treats and people visiting local picnic spots.

GANESH CHATHURTI

 Ganesh Chathurti is celebrated throughout India with so much grandeur. It is celebrated for ten long days and is marked by different culturally important events. Huge idols of Lord Ganesha are made and taken on processions around the town while singing celebratory songs and are dissolved in the sea.

The last day of the festival is extremely colourful and fun-filled with a lot of music and dancing.

LODHI

Lodhi is the equivalent of Pongal celebrated in north India. It marks the end of the winter harvest.

It is celebrated by making a huge bonfire around which people hang around, dance, sing and eat delicacies made of peanuts and corn and share the warmth of the fire together. This festival is prominently celebrated in Chandigarh, Punjab, Delhi and Amritsar.

ONAM

Onam is celebrated in kerala and is the most important festival of the state. It is celebrated to commemorate the glorious reign of King Maveli.

People cook amazing delicacies and arrange a huge feast called as the “onam sadhhya”.

Beautiful artistic arrangements made of flowers called “pookalam” are made in front of houses in order to welcome the soul of the beloved King.

You can witness the staging of the traditional dance forms of Kerala such as Kathakali, mohiniyattam and thayyam on the day of Onam along with many traditional theatrical plays that narrate the ancient historical and mythological stories of Kerala.

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