Prepping up for the festival season? Now is the ideal time to witness the immense grandeur of festivals in India that will gradually unleash the spirit of great enthusiasm. The undeniable contagious festive spirit spikes up on a different level as soon as the calendar hits the month of October and the incredible diversity of India can be seen in the array of cultural and religious festivals that are celebrated differently all across the nation.
Sans doubt, the month of October ushers in a season of vibrant festivities that paint the country in hues of joy. Catch a glimpse of the most-awaited and most-popular festivals of India that fall in the month of October and November.
The personification of nine nights, Navratri Festival in India is a Hindu festival that is dedicated to Maa Shakti, aka Goddess Durga. Celebrated differently in various regions, this religious festival includes rituals such as fasting, praying, dancing, singing; all of which last for nine days to appease the divine goddess. Devotees of Goddess Durga observe a strict vegetarian diet and abstain from alcohol and certain food condiments.
The major highlights of the festival are Garba of Gujarat and Durga Puja of West Bengal. The northern belt of the country that includes places like Jammu, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh follows the religious customs of Navratri with utmost faith. The festival holds mythological significance and has many fables associated with it. Recapitulating to the victory of good over evil, the religious significance remains static, albeit.
Having its roots in the greatest epic, Ramayana, Dussehra is a popular festival of India that sheds light upon the anecdote when Lord Rama kills Ravana and rescues his abducted consort, Sita from the clutches of the indomitable demon king from Lanka. Observed on the ninth day of the Navratri festival, the auspicious day connotes the victory of truth and justice.
The huge effigies of Ravana are burnt in open grounds during the evening to mark the victory of good over evil. Revelers from all over gather to witness the sight of burning effigies. Also known as Vijayadashmi, Vishwakarma Divas, Vyasa Puja, Dussehra is also celebrated as the National Labour Day of India.
One of the prominent festivals, Durga Puja is celebrated with great fervour, primarily in West Bengal for four days. The most exuberant festival that celebrates life, culture, traditions and customs, Durga Puja is the soul of Indian festivals that fall in the month of October or November. Also known as Durgotsava or Mahashtami, the significant Hindu festival pays a tribute to the ten-armed mother goddess and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
According to religious connotation, Goddess Durga personifies the attributes of the feminine force that commands the cosmic world. She is believed to have emerged from the collective energies of all-mighty Gods and therefore was able to subjugate the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. The festival that is commemorated by worshipping Goddess Durga is also observed in the several Indian States such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.
The most famous Diwali festival, also known as the festival of lights brings with it a lot of positive vibes. The most-awaited Indian festival involves a series of rituals that are extended for four days, and each day holds great significance. This beautiful festival emblematizes positive aspects such as the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The preparation of Diwali begins much prior to the auspicious day as it involves rituals such as deep cleaning homes and offices.
People not only decorate their homes with lights and rangolis but also get their houses painted. Another exciting ritual is about exchanging gifts that give families and friends an opportunity to meet each other and reminisce about good old days. The brightest festival Diwali is celebrated not only in India but all over the world where the Indian community resides.
Akin to Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj is an Indian festival that celebrates the eternal bond between the siblings. Customarily referred to as Tika in some parts of the country, Bhai Phonta, Bhaubeej or Bhaiya Duj is an extension to Diwali. Commemorating the sacred relationship of brother and sister, on this auspicious occasion sisters pray for the well-being of their brothers.
Sisters apply tilak on their forehead and tie a Raksha sutra around their wrist in a hope that lord Yama will bless their brothers with a long life. The sweet ritual of acknowledging sisters' affection with gifts is also an integral part of the festival. Though material things can never substitute for emotions, however, it’s just a small gesture in return from brothers to their loving and caring sisters.
One of the most significant festivals of Bihar, Chhath Puja is an ancient Vedic festival that pays homage to the Lord of light and energy, the Sun. Also known as Dala Chhath, this elaborate festival expresses gratitude to the Sun God for sustaining life on the earth. Also, people believe that if the rituals of Chhath Puja are followed with complete devotion and utmost faith then the divine Sun God fulfills every wish of his followers.
The rituals of Chhath Puja involves worshipping of 'Chhathi Maiya' and offering prayers to the Sun God and his consort Goddess Usha at the bank of the river. During this festival, the setting Sun is worshipped. Though the celebration in Bihar is elaborate, however, the states such as Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha also observe the four-day festival wholeheartedly.
The founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev left behind the legacy that is followed by Sikh and also Non-Sikh communities from all over the world. Guru Nanak Dev’s birthday or Guru Nanak Jayanti is a grand occasion especially in Punjab and neighbouring states where Gurdwaras are lit with myriad fairy lights and a grand celebration is organized.
Prabhat Pheris (early morning processions), Akhand paths (48 hours non-stop reading of the holy book (Guru Granth Sahib), distribution of Langar (free distribution of food) and Nagar Kirtans are the major highlights of this significant festival of India that usually falls in the month of October or November. The Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) and the palanquin (Palki) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib are also taken out during the procession. On this auspicious day, the devotees of Guru Nanak Dev pay tribute to his pearls of wisdom that enlightened the world.
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