3 major festivals in India
India is a land of many cultures, languages and religions, therefore festivals are celebrated all across the county throughout the year. indian festivals are known for being colorful and vibrant and a must see if you visit the country.
This festival is celebrated between February – March and is a festival of colour. This festival signifies the end of Spring and the beginning of Winter. The festival celebrate the new harvest with the colors of nature. People light bonfires and smear colored powder in celebration of this festival. Holi is celebrated in the North and South of india. In the South, people believe that the god of love Kama, aimed an arrow at his wife, but the arrow hit shiva instead. Eventually kama was burnt by shiva. The burning of Kama is celebrated at this festival. In the North, the harvest grains are offered to the god of fire.
Deepavali is a festival of light, celebrated in November each year. The festival signifies victory of the divine forces over evil. This festival lasts for 5 days and is a festival of fireworks and bright lights. Indians celebrating this festival start decorating their homes weeks prior to the festival as they believe that the goddess of wealth -Lakshmi, will visit the homes that are pure and brightly decorated.
This festival celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesh, which is celebrated in August to September. This festival is celebrated for 10 days. Different parts of the country celebrate this festival differently. In Maharashtra and Andhra pradesh, unbaked clay figures of the lord Ganesh are worshipped at each home. At the end of the festival, these figures are immersed in water.