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Summary: Festivals are a time of celebrations and if you are in India, then the celebrations will never end with the vast array of Indian festivals lined up throughout the year.

India is a country that is always celebrating festivals. Each month in a calendar has some or the other reason to celebrate and rejoice. Various Indian festivals of various religions are celebrated here and each of them are unique with a distinctive history attached to its inception.


The Hindu festival of Dussehra either falls in September or October. This festival is celebration of good's victory over evil. A long time ago, Lanka's king Ravana was defeated by Lord Rama and this victory is celebrated through this festival. After Lord Rama's wife Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, Lord Rama marched to Lanka along with a huge army of monkeys and after fighting for 10 days finally defeated the mighty Ravana. Dussehra is celebrated for 10 days and on the 10th day, just like Ravana was defeated, Hindus burn the effigies of Ravana to mark his defeat.


Diwali is yet another major Indian festival which is also known as festival of lights. It is celebrated after 20 days of Dussehra when Lord Rama finally came back to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana. He was welcomed by the people by lighting up lamps. This festival is celebrated by people by cleaning and whitewashing of houses. Everything is made beautiful and decorated. People buy and eat sweets and gifts are exchanged. The wealth goddess, Lakshmi is worshipped on this day and children burst crackers and fireworks. This day is considered very sacred and new account books are opened by businessmen. New clothes are put on by people as well. People also buy gold and silver during this time and gold prices generally soar during diwali shopping period.


Christmas is another festival which has become an essential part of Indian festivals and celebrations. It is celebrated since on this day, i.e., December 25th was the day when Jesus Christ was given birth to. The festival is symbolic of kindness and love for all and on this day good deeds are done and alms are given to poor. Houses are decorated by Christians, greetings cards and gifts are exchanged with each other. They also decorate Christmas trees with toys and lights and this tree becomes a source of joy and merry making. Prayers are offered at churches and carols sung. Children stay awake the night expecting gifts from Santa Claus.


This colorful festival occurs in March. According to legends there was a king called Hiranya Kashyapa who did not believe that god existed and he forced his people to believe the same. However, his son Prahalad was a devoted believer of God who did not obey his orders. To punish him, his father wanted to burn him alive and told his sister Holika who had a boon of never getting burnt in fire to sit in fire with Prahalad in her lap. However, Prahalad remained unharmed and Holika was burnt to ashes. Holi is celebrated for this miracle and is quite a boisterous ritual with a lot of holi color throwing going on everywhere.

There are several other Indian festivals that are celebrated across India like Bakrid, Durga Puja, easter, Onam, Pongal, Navratri, Raksha Bandham, Id-Ramzan, Ugadi, Makara Sankranti, etc. Indian people look forward to celebrating these with great gusto and merriment and on those few days everybody forgets their religion. Each of them are equally well-celebrated by all- whether Muslims, Christians or Hindus.

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