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Top 10 Festivals of India

Posted On 2016-01-07

Top 10 Festivals of India

India is a land of joy, a land of amalgamations and a land of different cultures and that is why every day in India is celebrated and every day has significance and every day people of different faith join hands together, praying for their happiness and prosperity. Being a highly spiritual country with a number of religions and faiths, India is not new to celebrating festivals. In fact, the country celebrates a number of festivals with zeal, zest and vigour, giving each festival a new meaning.

 

Every festival celebrated in the country has its own mythological significance. Whether you are a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist or Christian, every festival is marked with an occasion and a celebration that binds people of different faiths together. Here is a list of top ten festivals of India.

 

1. Diwali

One of the most popular Indian festivals, Diwali, also known as Deepavali is the festival of lights. Diwali means a row of lights that were lit up when Lord Rama, a major deity in Hinduism returned with Goddess Sita after defeating Ravana. The day is celebrated on a no moon night, therefore, diyas or candles are stacked together and lights light homes and societies. Before the festival, families clean their homes vigorously and invite Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha. After several rituals and customs, fireworks and lit and people exchange gifts and sweets.

 

2. Durga Puja

                                                                                                                     

This is a period of five days that no one in West Bengal wants to miss. In fact, the whole state seems to be covered in hues of red, yellow and orange as people dress up themselves and create beautiful statues of Goddess Durga. During this period, homes are decorated, gifts are purchased and people stay on the street all night, dancing and celebrating Durga Puja with each other. The last day of Durga Puja is conducted on the evening of Dashami.

 


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