Hindu Festivals

The mesmerising Hindu religion is known for its numerous extravagant festivals and celebrations. Since time immemorial, festivals in India have undergone changes, gained new meanings, and transformed. In India, festivals are a way to invite prosperity, joy, luck, and a strengthened bond with loved ones.

Some of the most widely celebrated festivals are Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Maha Shivratri, Holi, Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Dussehra, and Diwali.

These are the famous festivals of India.

Different types of festivals are known to hold different importance in specific communities. For example, for Bengalis, the five-day-long celebrations of Durga Puja are crucial; for Marathis, the promising festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is essential; for Punjabis, the festival of Lohri is vital; and for Tamilians, the day of Pongal is critical.

Here is the list of Indian festivals and celebrations that are widely loved and observed:

Lohri

This festival is observed to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season, commemorate the passing of winter, and welcome a new beginning.

Although it is an important festival in the Punjab region, it is celebrated with vigour and joy across India. On the day of Lohri, people are seen to dance and sing around an auspicious fire, share sweets and other delicacies, and indulge in age-old legends.

Makar Sankranti

Again, one of the most important festivals relating to harvesting, Makar Sankranti, is celebrated in the Northern parts of India to bring prosperity, good luck, and wealth. This festival is also known as Pongal in Southern India. In North India, this festival is celebrated by worshipping the deities and offering customary items. Likewise, South India is marked by worshipping the Gods and indulging in rice-based traditional food items.

Maha Shivratri

The Maha Shivratri festival is observed to pay respect to the divine union of Lord Mahadev and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that the revered couple showers their grace and blessings on this day. Therefore, if Lord Shiva is worshipped on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, he will bless his devotees in unimaginable ways.

Holi

The promising celebration of Holi begins with the Holika Dahan, where wood and other things are burnt to highlight Holika's death and Prahlad's victory. Then, the excellent day of Holi is celebrated by playing with colours, spreading joy, sharing delicacies and letting go of old grudges.

Janmashtami

To commemorate the birthday of Lord Krishna, Janmashtami is celebrated countrywide as a festival of joy and fortune. It is widely accepted that Lord Krishna blesses everyone who invokes him with a pure and pious intention on this day. This day's famous and widely celebrated activity is Dahi Handi, in which an earthen pot filled with curd or butter is tied at a height and broken.

Raksha Bandhan

The day of Raksha Bandhan is quite essential for siblings and cousins. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi, or a sacred thread, on the wrist of their brothers. Her brothers swear to protect and respect her until the very end.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Another widely observed festival, Ganesh Chaturthi, is an important day for many. Lord Ganesha, also known as Vighnaharta, is worshipped on this day, and people seek blessings from him to ensure hassle-free celebrations.

Durga Puja

Durga Puja is celebrated to welcome the coming of Goddess Durga. This festival symbolises the death of evil at the hands of the good. It is believed that Goddess Durga, along with her children, comes to reside on Earth for her devotees.

Dussehra

The celebrations of Dussehra are observed to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, his consort Goddess Sita, Lord Laxman, and Lord Hanuman to Ayodhya after having killed Ravana. On this day, a colossal figure of Ravana is burnt to highlight the power of honesty and good over evil.

Diwali

Much like Dussehra, Diwali is also celebrated to remember the return of the true heirs of Ayodhya. This day is celebrated by worshipping Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, after which diyas are lit all around. Many people also choose to celebrate this auspicious day by bursting crackers.

If you wish to read more about these festivals, and others in detail, you can visit our festival section. In our pages, we have compiled all the things you need to know about particular festivals, how they are celebrated, and the Puja Vidhis.You can know all about the festivals observed in India through our pages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The importance of festivals is to spread love and joy and remember ancient stories. Every festival has some other significance and is vital to respective communities.
Looking at it from a Vastu perspective, the day of Holi is auspicious. Vastu professionals believe that observing any Vastu Puja on this day can be beneficial.
Goddess Durga is believed to visit Earth alongside Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Laxmi, and Goddess Saraswati. These deities are the children of Maa Durga.