India is one of the destinations of Asia preferred by travelers who wish to come into contact with different ways of living, thinking and feeling. We show you a different way of knowing your culture: through traditional Indian festivals. In the country there are more than 50 holidays and these that we are going to see are the most famous.
But first, tell you that The best months to enjoy the Indian holidays are March and October, which is when the most important take place. And you should take into account the distances between places and that in each region of India there is usually a different tradition.
1. Fiesta Holi, one of the most famous Indian festivalsHoli party
The Holi party is undoubtedly the most famous party. He was born centuries ago to welcome spring every March. It also has other names, such as the feast of love or the feast of colors. It is celebrated throughout the country, but especially in the regions of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Legend has it that the mother of God Krishna offered to paint her face in any color to prevent him from feeling sad about his appearance. Today, this color symbology represents tolerance and harmony that the citizens of India feel.
The celebrations last two days. On the first day, bonfires are lit and songs and dances are made to scare away evil. Then comes Holi Day, when people throw colored powders mixed with water while they continue singing and dancing. The fun is served!
2. Diwali, celebrating the new yearDiwali celebration
Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Diwali it is the famous celebration of the hindu new year. It takes place between October and November (depending on the lunar cycle). Why these months? Because in the Hindu culture it symbolizes the end of the month ashvin and the beginning of the month kartika.
The celebrations are held throughout the country. Last five days, although the most important is the last, when the arrival of the new year is celebrated. In the previous days people begin to practice farewell rituals, houses are decorated, gifts are given and families are reunited.
In addition, the gods are prayed and firecrackers and fireworks are launched on the last day. It is also used to eat the most typical dishes of Indian culture and paper boats and light bulbs are thrown into the rivers.
3. Indian holidays of a religious nature: Maha Kumbh MelaMaha Kumbh Mela - Daniele Colombo / Flickr.com
The Maha Kumbh Mela is one of the most important Indian holidays for believers. He is considered the largest pilgrimage in the world. It is celebrated by cycles, every 3 years in a city, the cycle being fulfilled every twelve years. Those cities are Praiag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik
During the course of the celebration, pilgrims have to arrive in the city to bathe in their sacred waters, clean their karma and prepare for their next reincarnation.
Its origin revolves around a legend. The gods persecuted the demons for 12 days and 12 nights (equivalent to 12 years in humanity) to snatch the nectar of immortality. Legend has it that drops were spilled in these four cities. Therefore, they are the places to look for eternal life.
In each of these four cities the party is celebrated in one season of the year and always depends on the lunar cycle. In Priag it is celebrated between January and February, in Haridwar between February and April, in Ujjain in May and in Nasik in July.
4. Independence Day of IndiaIndependence Day celebration - Ajay Tallam / Flickr.com
The origin of this celebration is clearly historical and not as cultural as the others. Despite this, it is one of the most important Indian holidays. It is celebrated August 15, and recalls the independence of India as a colony belonging to Great Britain (which occurred in 1947).
Most of the celebrations take place in the capital of India, New Delhi. There flags are raised, the prime minister delivers a speech (as it was done in 1947), there is a parade and all the streets are dressed as a party.
Also, of these, we must mention other Indian festivals such as the Elephant Festival, Republic Day, the Pushkar Camel Fair (the largest in the world), the summer festival or the Giri Pradakshina. As you can see, there are many celebrations that you can attend to enjoy the essence of India.