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Festivals of India

From celebrating different festivals to enriching the land with patriotism and togetherness, India celebrates every occasion with great pomp and show. We may have a myriad of festivals to celebrate in India, and have enlisted some of the popular ones observed around the country, namely Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Christmas, Durga Puja, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Raksha Bandhan, Pongal, and Maha Shivratri. So, let’s read about the traditions followed and places that celebrate these festivals in a grandeur manner.

Festival of lohri The festival of Lohri is about to come and embrace everyone in joy and celebrations. The Lohri festival is celebrated with sheer joy by people... More
Festival of lohri Makar Sankranti in 2016 will be celebrated on 15th of January. Makar is the name of the zodiac sign Capricorn and the name Makar Sankranti symbolizes... More
Festival of pongal Pongal, a four day long harvest festival is extremely popular in South India. The second day in the four days is the most significant... More
Festival of Valentines Day There is nothing more beautiful in this world than falling in Love. An emotion that finds expression in so many different ways. Indeed the language... More
Festival of basant panchami Basant Panchami (or the glorious day of Saraswati Puja) is on 12th of February in 2016. At this time, spring bows its head and bids a goodbye... More
Festival of shivratri The festival of Maha Shivaratri in 2016 is on on March 07. Power and blessings of Lord Shiva help the humans to overcome all the negativity... More
Festival of holi Holi in 2016 is on March 24. It's the festival that comes with a big bang of fun, frolic and joy. Forget all issues and become friends to... More
Festival of Navratri Dates of all five Navratris in 2016 are now here at AstroSage ."Navratri" represents nine divine nights dedicated to the Goddess Durga... More
Festival of Purnima The full moon day in India is known as Purnima or Poornima. The day of Purnima, is the day falling each month in which the full moon occurs according to... More
Festival of Karva Chauth The date of Karwa Chauth in 2016 is October 30. On Karva Chauth in 2016, all eyes will eagerly wait for the Moon to shine.... More
Festival of Diwali For those who want to know more about Diwali festival, here is a quick look at the concept and importance attached to this, Read this... More
Festival of Guru Purnima In 2016, Guru Purnima is occurring on July 19. It is also known as Vyasa Purnima, Guru Purnima in 2016 is the day to remember those teachings and ideologies. .... More
Festival of Nag Panchami Nag Panchami is a festival celebrated all over India with great amount of vigour and devotion. It is a festival that has many myths... More
Festival of Raksha Bandhan Raksha Bandhan in 2016 is on August 18. Do you really know that a thread of Rakhi carry the belongings of love, affection and good wishes? In turn.... More
Festival of Krishna Janmashtami The date of Janmashtami in 2016 is August 25. Sweet and mischievous Krishna is coming to you this Krishnashtami. Gokulashtami in 2016 .... More
Festival of Chhat Puja Chhath Puja 2016 dates are here. Chhat Puja is dedicated to Lord Surya, who is considered to be the prime source of energy. .... More
Festival of Onam The month of September brings only one word in the minds of the people of Kerala and that is 'Onam'. This festival, which brings this coastal.... More
Festival of Teacher's Day Teacher's Day is celebrated all over world to pay tribute to the teachers. In India, it is celebrated on September 5th However, most of the countries... More
Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi he date of Ganesh Chaturthi in 2016 is September 5. Also known as Vinayaka, Ganesha is the God of Wisdom and Prosperity. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi.... More
Festival of Shradh The dates of Shradh in 2016 are beginning from September 16 and ending on October 1. Honoring and paying tribute to our ancestors.... More
Solah Somvar Vrat Katha Monday Fast is solely dedicated to Lord Shiva. Bhagvan Shiv is also recognized with names Mahadev, Shankar, Umapati, Rudra, Bhole Nath, Bhole Bhandari... More
A Plea For Forgiveness & Moksha Pradosham, a day dedicated to Lord Shiva, falls on the 13th day of every lunar fortnight. In each year there are 24 Pradosham.... More
Purnima Purnima, the time when the sky calls out to everyone. The breath taking sight of the full moon with all its divine qualities, is a time to become one... More
Amavasya Amavasya or a new Moon day is the start of the new lunar month. It is a religious day when people keep fast. Any Sadhana performed on this day, produces very fruitful impact. Read all about Amavasya and check out Amabasya 2016 dates... More
grahan A Grahan is believed to be harmful and some people assert that it gives insidious effects. Why is it considered as an inauspicious time? Is a Grahan... More
panchak Panchak is an inauspicious duration in which nothing auspicious should be done. But, is this right or just a myth? Why so much confusion about Panchak Kaal? If this all is striking your mind too, this article on Panchak 2017 is worth a read. More
Kaal Bhairava Jayanti 2016 Kalashtami 2016 dates are here to tell you about the best days to appease Lord Kaal Bhairav this year. Go through this highly informative article and know the right way to free yourself from the troubles and miseries of this materialistic world... More
Ugadi 2016 Ugadi, the Hindu New Year, is on April 08, 2016. When we talk about Ugadi, the first thought that comes to mind is this saying.... More
Baisakhi 2016Baisakhi celebrations in 2016 are scheduled for April 13. This is the day when the holy Khalsa was established. Indeed, it is a very major event... More
Dussehra 2016In 2016, Dussehra is on October 11. The grand festival of Vijaya Dashami will be celebrated with great zeal and gusto again as Dasara in 2016... More
Durgapuja 2016Durga Puja 2016 dates are: October 7 till October 11. The holy time duration of Durga Puja, which comes under Sharad Navratri, is the very crucial time .... More
Hanuman Jayanti 2016 April 22 is the auspicious day of Hanuman Jayanti 2016. On this day, flocks of devotees are seen in the temples, honoring and worshiping.... More
Akshaya Tritiya 2016 The holy day of Akshaya Tritiya in 2016 is on May 09. What would happen, when even after spending your money, the total amount looks the same? Do you want to know the secret to make your money never diminishing? To know... More
Wesak 2016 or Buddha Purnima 2016 will be honored to Lord Buddha. The date for Buddha Purnima in 2016 is May 21. Have you ever heard that a single day represents the whole cycle of life and death? Buddha... More
Sawan Som Vrat in 2016 will be honored to Lord shiva. oliest month of the year 2016, Sawan is exposed here along with the dates of the most powerful days. In 2016, the month of Shravan ... More
Rama Ekadashi 2016 Are you trapped amidst problems? Do you repent doing a sin? Don't worry; we have brought you each and every detail about Ekadashi 2016 that will definitely lead you to attain a blissful life ...More
Teej 2016 Beautiful festival of Teej comes four times in the year. Here, you will find the dates of those four exotic days... More
Kumbh Mela 2016 Here, AstroSage presents the dates for Kumbh Mela in 2016. It is worth considering that a holy dip in the Godavari can free you from the cycle of rebirth. Want to attain such a salvation during the holy gathering of Kumbh Mela? Read the article to know more...... More
Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2016 agannath Rath Yatra 2016 (Car Festival 2016) will go on from July 6 to July 14. Followed by Hera Panchami on fourth day of the festival,... More
Chinese New Year 2016 It's time to welcome prosperity and happiness to your homes, as Chinese New Year 2016 is beginning on February 8. Celebrated as the longest ... More
Gudi Padwa 2016 Gudi Padwa 2016 date is 21 March. Gudi Padwa is the Marathi New Year. In addition to Maharashtra, Gudi Padwa is also the New Year of Goa and parts... More
Vishu 2016: Welcome the New Year Vishu 2016 will be celebrated on the 14th April. The auspicious day of Vishu comes on the first day of the Medum month of the Malayalam calendar.... More
Mahavir Jayanti The date for Mahavir Jayanti in 2016 is 2nd April. Mahavir Jayanti is a festival of people of Jainism. People in Jainism celebrate Mahavir Jayanti and consider Mahavir ... More
Mahavir JayantiHere, Astrosage brought you the date for Chaturmas in 2016. The period of Chaturmas commences on July 15 and continues till November 10. Read our article on Chaturmas and revive the glory of Lord Vishnu... More
Ramzan 2019 Ramzan is considered to be the month of fasting and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the whole world. The word ‘Ramadan’ has its roots in the Arabic word ‘Ramiḍa’ or ‘Ar-Ramaḍ’ meaning... More
Christmas 2019 For most of the masses, Christmas is all about going to a local mall and admire the decoration of the Christmas Tree. The shiny twinkling lights wrapped around the Christmas tree and the gifts hanging to greet... More

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Known to be the festival of diyas and lights, Diwali is an epitome of love, joy, and happiness. People decorate their homes and greet each other with sweets and gifts on this great day of Deepawali. Talking about the customs followed, people begin the day with an auspicious puja and follow the night by worshipping the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that buying new assets on this day bestows you with joy and happiness. This is the season when houses are wrapped in gleaming lights, floors are decorated with colourful rangolis, rooms are filled with gifts, and people are seen wearing ethnic clothes to greet, meet and wish other people.

Best Places to Celebrate Diwali: Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi

Holi: Festival of Colors

From throwing and splashing colours and water balloons to finally spreading the hues of jubilance, the festival of Holi is a pandora of laughter, enjoyment and happiness. Colours paint your life, and this is the season when people are dipped in hues of love, joy and happiness. It is predominantly celebrated with enthusiasm in India and Nepal. Therefore, it is known to be the festival of love and colours, and hence, signifies the triumphant victory over evil.

Best Places to Celebrate Holi: Mathura, Goa, Delhi and Rajasthan

Dussehra: Vijayadasami

From burning the effigies of Ravana to finally marking the ending of 9 days of Navaratri, the festival of Dussehra is celebrated to embark the “victory of good over evil”. Crackers, sweets, and funfair are some of the activities that make children wait for the festival anxiously. At some places, the streets are crowded with people watching the plays called Ramlila. The 10th day of Dussehra symbolizes the end of Ravana (evil) by the hands of Lord Rama (the greater good).

Best Places to Celebrate Holi: Kolkata, Mysore, Kullu, and Varanasi

Christmas: The Birth of Jesus Christ

From decorating Christmas trees to finally seeking the blessings of Jesus Christ, the festival of Christmas is all about togetherness, shopping, travelling and merrymaking. Children are seen galloping the waffles and chocolates and parents are busy shopping and decorating their homes and office spaces. Malls are filled with families, and restaurants and cafes are occupied with lovers and teenagers. Many people plan a vacation or a holiday with their friends and family during this season. So, everywhere, you can see a wave of peace and happiness.

Best Places to Celebrate Christmas: Mumbai, Shillong, Goa, Kerala, and Pondicherry

Durga Puja: Navaratri

From celebrating the avatars of Goddess Durga to finally visiting huge pandals, the festival of Durga Puja is all about dancing, singing and enjoying to the fullest. If you love Bengali sweets, then you cannot miss out on this festival when you’re in Kolkata. The sweetness of Bengali sweets melts your taste buds, and the sound of the Bengali drum announces the arrival of Durga Maa. The folklore, energy and decorations of pandals on the streets of Kolkata are exemplary in its true sense. It is one of the major festivals for Bengalis in India. So, if you want to witness the real deal, straight away rush out to Bengal.

Best Places to Celebrate Durga Puja: Kolkata, Delhi, Assam and Bihar

Janmashtami: Birth of Lord Krishna

From dedicating the programs about life stories of Krishna to finally showering the faith on Hindu God, Lord Krishna, the festival is all about devotion, peace and happiness. Temples in Mathura are decorated with garlands and lights and crowded with devotees from across the globe. People fast the entire day to mark the auspicious day. Devotees wait for the temple priest to reveal the idol of Lord Krishna at the exact time of his birth.

Best Places to Celebrate Janmashtami: Mathura, Vrindavan, and Dwarka

Ganesha Chaturthi

The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated for ten days. The idols of Lord Ganesha at the seashore are carried and the procession of Ganesh Visarjan is enjoyed the most on this day. The festival of Vinayak Chathurthi is filled with dancing and singing and marked with prosperity and devotion. This event is predominantly celebrated in the state of Maharashtra. Idols of Ganpati are created to immerse at the seashore with great pomp and show. This festival embarks the beginning of new innings in life.

Best Places to Celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi: Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune

Raksha Bandhan: Bond of Protection

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is an epitome of love, joy and happiness and known to be an eternal bond of protection. In this, sisters tie a thread on the brother's wrist, and in return, she gets gifts from her brother. People dress up in beautiful clothes and eat savouries during this festival.

Best Places to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan: Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand


Known to be a harvest festival, Pongal is a popular occasion in South India. Homes are decorated with beautiful flowers, rangolis, and coloured rice, depicting the natural harvest by the farmers. In this festival, people wear ethnic clothes and sing on the songs of celebration. This festival is dedicated to the Lord Sun and spans for over four days.

Best Places to Celebrate Pongal: Thanjavur and Madurai

Maha Shivratri: The Great Night of Shiva

From visiting Shiva temple to chanting shiva hymns, the festival of Shivratri is one of the most popular Hindu festivals dedicated to the destroyer, Lord Shiva. On this day, devotees fast the entire day to show their devotion to Lord Shiva. Mainly women observe a fast on this day to attain a suitable husband or find a perfect match. Abhishek of Shiva Lingam should be performed with different materials. The rose water, milk, yoghurt, honey, sandalwood paste, sugar, ghee and water are used for Shivalinga Abhishek. Devotees, who perform four Prahar Puja, must perform Water Abhishek during first Prahar, Curd Abhishek during second Prahar, Ghee Abhishek during third Prahar and Honey Abhishek during fourth Prahar.

Best Places to Celebrate Maha Shivratri: Haridwar, Rishikesh, Guwahati, Varanasi and Srisailam

So, these were the most sought-after festivals celebrated in India. Festivals are the symbol of love, joy and happiness, and if someone performs them with great enthusiasm, they tend to bring positivity and hope in their lives. Hence, this is the reason why people from foreign countries come here to experience the taste of real India. We hope you find this article on Festivals of India interesting. Stay connected with us for more.

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