10 Most Popular, Important and Celebrated Festivals of India

10 Most Popular, Important and Celebrated Festivals of India

India is truly the Land of sundry cultures and beliefs. Each state in India has its speech , dialect, and cultural apply . There is a long list of festivals in India celebrated among various section and religious category . Some festivals are allied to the state and section while another are celebrated as per the religious beliefs.

The great of the religious festivals of India have some interesting mythological story related with them. These stories are passed from one generation to another so that the bearing of celebrating these festivals can be understood and the tradition is carried forward by future creation . 

1. Diwali

Diwali is one of the most notable religious festivals of India among the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain section . Diwali is perform in the month of Kartik even so to the Hindu calendar ( October or November) Diwali is the festival of lights, each other year on Diwali Indians light up their houses to welcome Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth). One of the main rituals on Diwali is adora Goddess Laxmi. 

Diwali is an for most festival in India as well as because on the day of Diwali Lord Rama came back with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to his kingdom Ayodhya behind 14 years of exile. Lord Rama came back home behind a long battle where he defeated and killed the demon king Ravana.

2. Navratri and Durga Pooja

Durga Pooja is one of the great festivals of India for most in the north and eastern parts of India. In the Northern part of India, this none day festival is preform as Navratri. In the state of West Bengal, this festival is preform as Druga Pooja. 

This is a nine-day festival followed by the tenth and final day preform as Vijay Dashmi. This festival is a nine-day preform of Goddess Durga. It is a preform of the victory of Goddess Durga over the Demon Mahishasur who wanted to start a war in case of the Gods. in the time of the nine-day preform , nine forms of Goddess Durga are devoting . 

3. Dussehra

The festival of Dussehra is one of the most famous festivals of Indian states. This festival is celebrated across India among the Hindu section . Dussehra is a celebration of the victory of Lord Rama over the Deamon king Ravana. It is as well as interpreted as the success of good against evil. 

Dussehra is one of the most liked festivals in India and each state has a unique way of celebrating this festival. In northern parts of India, Ram Leela is manage for nine consecutive days behind this grand festival. Ram Leela is a theatre enactment of the mythological story associated with this festival is enacted by local artists. Ram Leela is conducted on both big and small levels in various section where public come to watch this nine-day theatrical depiction .

4. Holi

Holi is one of the top liked festivals of India. At this lovely festival family and friends gather mostly wearing white cloths to sing, dance and play with colours. Holi is played by throwing dry and wet colours on each other. On Holi special sweet known as Gujiya is prepared and enjoyed by all over . Other for most foods and drinks include Thandai, Pakora, and Dahi Bhalla.

This well liked festival of India as well as has a mythological link with it. This is the legendry story of Hiranyakshyap and his son Prahlad. Hiranyakshyap was an evil king who wanted the gods to worship him but his son Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. 

5. Krishna Janmashtami 

Krishna Janmashtami is a celebration of the birth of one of the most loved Hindu deity Lord Krishna. This is one of the most well liked festivals in India. Lord Krishna’s birthday is celebrated in high spirits all over the nation . All Krishna temples throughout the nation  are nicely decorated and special cultural events are arrange .

As per the book , Lord Krishna grew up in Mathura – Vrindavan which is review to be the best location of Indian cultural heritage. The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated as a grand affair in Shri Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. The devotees fast all day till midnight as it is believed Lord Krishna was born at dead of night . 

6. Onam

Onam is one of the famous festivals of Indian states located in the Southern part of the country. It is an for most festival for most for the public of Kerala as they trust that Onam is the homecoming of the ancient Demon King “Mahabali”. Onam is celebrated for solid  10 days during the harvest season in Kerala.

The celebration involved carnivals on the streets, traditional dances such as “Tiger dance” and “Phulikali”, folk music and great fireworks. During Onam locals beautifully decorate their houses and make “Phokalam” (Rangoli made with flowers. A traditional nine-course meal is devise and served to friends and family.  

7. Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals of India. This is a 10 day-long festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India but the state of Maharashtra is known to organize the grandest celebration on this auspicious occasion. 

This is considered to be one of the top auspicious festivals in Maharashtra. Here the idol of Lord Ganesh is worshipped for ten days with a separate ritual on each day. On the tenth day, the idol is carried through the city by a huge digit of public and then last cover in the sea.


The list of festivals in India is total without the mention of this important festival. Eid- Ul- Fitr is cordially celebrated among the Muslim section in India. Each year Muslims observe fasting for 30 days during the holy month of Ramadan. Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated after the fasting at the end of Ramadan.

Eid is celebrated for three consecutive days after the fasting is concluded. On Eid people wear new clothes and offer prayers together. During these three days, friends and family visit each other and exchange gifts. A for most sweet dish “Sewaiyyan” is devise and served to all. 

9. Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri is one of the most for most festivals of India. It is celebrated to honor the Hindu Deity Lord Shiva. On the day of Mahashivratri, the devotees fast all day and at night the honoring are carried out. 

As per mythology, Mahashivratri is celebrated to honor the union of Shiva and Shakti. It is trust that on this day Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvathi. On this event temples of Lord Shiva are lovely decorated and Shiv Lingam is worshipped.

10. Gurupurab


Gurpurab is a great festival for the Sikh section in India. It is a festival for the celebration of the first Guru of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev. On this occasion, all the Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples) throughout the nation are beautifully decorated. All members of the Sikh section visit Gurudwara to offer their prayers. This is followed by the Langer (A meal that the section device and eats at once at Gurudwara).

No comments:

Post a Comment