Wondering what are the top Indian festivals for 2019? Well, here it is!
India is a special land of festivals. Either it is the villages or the big cities, rest assured there will be a lot of joy and enthusiasm during the festive season all around the country. People from different religions and cultures celebrate numerous religious festivals by making special arrangements. People in India will eagerly wait to celebrate the festivals of India for year long. Every Indian festival has its own unique way of celebration and people will follow their own respective tradition while celebrating the same festival. But what the tradition in celebrating a festival does not matter here and each festival is celebrated with great pomp and show.
Diwali is one of the most common and important Hindu festivals in India. This festival is referred to as the “festival of lights”. Because the houses are decorated with clay lamps and candles. Furthermore, people will wear new clothes and take parts in family puja, burst crackers. This year, Diwali is going to be celebrated on October 27.
Dussehra or Navratri
Dussehra is another name for the festival Vijaya Dashami. This is also celebrated by the people all over India as significance to the death of the demon king Ravana at the hands of Lord Rama. The important aspect of this festival is the burning of huge effigies of Ravana and Kumbhkaran which is a real spectacle to see. Dussehra or Navrathri is going to be celebrated from the 29th of September to the 8th of October, 2019.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day affair of colorful festivities. Huge handcrafted Ganesh idols will be placed in homes or outdoors, in public pandals. On the 10th day of Ganesh festival, the Visarjan—immersion of an idol in a water body, will be carried out. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi is going to be celebrated on the 2nd of September.
In the significance of the brother-sister bonding, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated. On the day of this special occasion, sisters will perform Aarti (prayer), applies tilak, and ties rakhi which is a sacred thread on the brother’s wrist wishing about his well being. In return, the brother vows to protect the sister. This year, Raksha Bandhan is going to be celebrated on the 15th of August.
Onam is the festival which is celebrated in Kerala, wherein people wear traditional dress, adorn houses with Pookalam and prepare Onasadya, which is an elaborate meal of about 13 dishes. Also, events like Vallamkali (snake boat race), Kathakali dance, and Pulikali procession (artists dressed and painted like tigers and hunters) will be held. Onam is going to be celebrated on September 1, 2019.
Eid is an Indian Muslim community festival that is celebrated in the significance of the end of the holy month of fasting called Ramadan. People use to dress up in fineries, visit friends, and relatives and exchange sweets. Children will be given idi (money or gift) by their elders. Eid-Ul-Fitr is going to be celebrated on June 5 this year.
Baisakhi is a festival that will be celebrated by the Sikh community of Punjab and those around the world. The significance of this festival is the welcoming of the harvest season for the rabi crops. This year, Baisakhi is going to be celebrated on April 14.
This Indian festival is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva in dedication to Lord Shiva. The people will believe that whoever worships Lord Shiva on this day will attain salvation and redemption from their sins. Maha Shivarathri is going to be celebrated on the 4th of March this year.
Ooty Flower Festival
Summer is the only peak season in Ooty and the fiesta will enhance the charm of the place. Flower show at Ooty Botanical Garden will be held with more than 150 varieties of flowers from different countries. This year, Ooty Flower Festival is going to be celebrated from May 17 to 19.
Mashtami or Krishna Asthami remembers the significance of the annual birth celebration of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna. This year, Janmashtami is going to be celebrated on the 24th of August.
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