There are so many festivals celebrated in India or we can simply say festivals play a vital role in making the religious society of India. A number of festivals are celebrated in India some of which are so famous that every Indian celebrates that festival with pomp and show regardless of his/her religion or caste.
In India, October and November are the months well known for the festival months. Here in these months there are so many festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Navratri, Chhath Pooja and many more.
It is said that if a person has an origin in India then he cannot live without celebrating any of these festivals. Every single person whether he be a kid or an old person shares his presence in these festivals.
Navratri is named so because this festival continues for nine nights. People worship goddess Durga in this festival. Goddess Durga is worshiped in nine different forms i.e. Shailputri, Brahamcharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, MahaGauri, Siddhidatri. This festival is full of lights and joy. People clean the homes and temples. They décor them with the flowers and the colourful lights.
People do fasts in this continuous nine days’ festival. They go to temples and worship Goddess Durga. Even in some parts of country, people stay awake for the whole night during this nine days festival. They celebrate Garba and play Dandiya. Garba is a dance form mainly celebrated in Gujrat and some parts of Rajasthan.
In the last five days, major practices are performed. People carve huge idols of Goddess Durga and celebrate Her day with full enthusiasm. They perform many rituals on that day and they immerse the idol of Durga Mata in river with full reverence.
Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is the festival of Hindus. It is celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. The main reason for celebrating Dussehra is that on this day in Treta Yug Lord Rama killed Ravana and showed the victory of Good over Evil and Dharma over Adharma.
Ramlila is also performed before ten days of Dussehra. This is a dramatic folk which represents Ramayana. On the tenth day, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnath are burnt. Many fairs are also organised in which people buy food and different accessories and toys for kids.
Diwali is also known as Deepavali. It is celebrated after twenty days of Dussehra. This festival signifies Light over Darkness. On this day, it is believed, Lord Rama came back to his birthplace Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.
People celebrate this day by lighting their houses and residences. Even, before this festival, people start cleaning and painting their houses. They worship Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Sarasvati and Lord Ganesha. They distribute sweets and fruits among their relatives, neighbours and friends. This act of distribution signifies the spreading of happiness among each other.
People burn firecrackers on this festival to show a great enthusiasm.
Chhath Pooja is celebrated just after the six days of Diwali. This is dedicated to the Sun. People request for certain wishes. This festival is mainly celebrated mainly in Nepal, Bihar, Jharkhand and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. People worship the Sun. They believe that this worship will cure many diseases of people. Worship of Goddess Chhathi (Chhathi Maiya) is also done by the people.
People do many rituals like fast, holy bath. Some people restrain themselves from drinking water for the whole day. They stand in water for long periods of time. This festival is said to be the most eco-friendly festival in Hindu community.
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