Indian Festivals, the Rich Culture and Tradition:
Indian festivals celebrations show the unity and diversity among the people. India is the place for unity in diversity. Especially Hindus in India celebrate their festivals in the rich cultural way. During the festivals celebration, the important and methods of the celebrations have their vary from region to region. The festivals linked with seasons and harvesting seasons and some society important. Here the interesting things of celebrating the festivals are associated with various legends and events in various regions.
In Hindu religion, the festival is significance the harmony and prosperity. These festivals associated with mythology, religion, and symbolical importance.
Shivaratri is the meaning of ‘The Night of Shiva’. This day is very extraordinarily auspicious day. Shive is the extreme God of Hindus and is the Maha Yogi who controls all the activities of devotees. He also controls his sensuality with his meditation and shows the way for self-purification. This is a significant festival and celebrates the festival in grand pompous.
Holi is the spring festival, especially celebrated in the north, west, and east of India. During the present days, the festival is spreading into South India also. In South India, the festival celebrates in honor of the God of Love Kama Deva.
Once Lord Vishnu saved Bhakta Prahlada from Hiranyakasyapa. It is celebrated by burning of the ogress Holika. Hindus celebrated with grand scale. The devotees characterized the carnival rollicking and merry making. The devotees played with colored water and enjoyed every minute with utmost enjoy.
Onam is a big festival in Kerala state and also state festival of Kerala. This is the harvest festival and associated with the legend Maha-Bali, the king of Asuras. Once Maha Vishnu pushed down Maha Bali to Patala loka due to his unacceptable behavior on people. Then Maha-Bali asked Vishnu, allow him to visit his people once every year. Due to the advent of Maha-Bali, the Keralians celebrate Onam.
Indian Festivals Krishna Janmashtami:
Krishna Janmashtami falls in the months of August or September. This festival is also known as Gokulashtamii. Hindus celebrate this festival with great joy remembrance of the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu as Lord Krishna. The celebrations are in high range, especially in Vrindavan and Mathura. During the celebrations, unglazed pots are hung and break it as a game, who breaks it they are the winners. Devotees stay fast the entire day until midnight.
In Hindu religion, the sacred threads have a religious significance. The devotees believe that the thread turns as insulation against the troubles. When Vishnu planned to slay Bali, then his consort Lakshmi Devi tied the thread around his wrist to protect from evil actions. In Ramayana Sita also tied the sacred thread to the wrist of Lakshman, seeking brotherly protection. In Hindu religion, Raksha Bandhan festival is a sentimental significance to the Devotees.
Durga Puja, Dussehra, and Vijaya Dashami:
This is the big festival to the Hindus. The festival is known as various names in India. But throughout India, the devotees celebrates this festival in the significance of victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. In north India, there is another story of celebrating this festival that Lord Rama killed Ravana of Lanka. The victory happened on the tenth day, so the tenth-day victory is called Vijaya Dashami.
Divali or Deepawali or Diwali:
Divalior Deepawali is the festival of not only children but also elders. It is celebrated throughout India with great joy. Here Deepa means light and Avi means row, so Divali means lights in a row. The festival also called as Festival of lights. This festival celebrates on the eve of killing Narakasura by Lord Krishna. There is another story that after killing of Ravana, Sri Rama came back to Ayodhya. Then the people of Ayodhya felt utmost happy and welcomed Sri Rama with lights.
Indian Festivals Pongal:
This is the seasonal festival. On the same day, Lord Shiva married Parvati. This festival celebrates for three days. During the festival, the devotees worship their harvest and cattle. The devotees decorate the cows and cattle with garlands and take out them in procession.
In North India, Pongal called as Makar Sankranti. According to the puranic stories, Makara means crocodile and Sankranti mean the sun entering into a zodiacal sign. At the mean time at Prayag conduct the Kumbh Mela and the devotees do the sacred river bath in sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati.