Festivals of India
Presenting an app that provides you all the information about famous Indian festivals.
1. Baisakhi
Baisakhi, is celebrated mostly in north more associated with the state of Punjab. This festival is associated with the harvest of Rabi crop. The festival also marks the birth anniversary of Khalsa Panth. Held on the first day of the Vaisakh month usually referred as month of April and May, this festival heralds atmosphere of enjoyment, lots of jubilance and fun. This festival is important for both Sikh and Hindus.
2. Diwali
Diwali is the most celebrated and widely popular festivals in India. This day is considered to be very auspicious among other Hindu festivals and is a way to appreciate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, which is termed as a defeat of evil by good. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama defeated Ravana to get back his wife Sita, who was kidnapped by Ravana. The festival is also filled with many rituals, customs and celebrations. The festival is so popular that it is celebrated not only in India but also in the whole world.
3. Durga Puja
Durga Puja is widely celebrated especially in Eastern parts of India, One of the notable mentions is Bengal, where the festivities take a huge prominence. Puja reaches its full moon within the last four days from Maha-Shashti to the day when the idols take a water dip, which is held on the eve of Dashami. The legend talks about the descent of Goddess to earth on Shashthi. She arrives on the sixth day (shashthi) and leaves on the tenth day (Dashmi). The whole festival is ten day long. The preparation for Durga Puja starts weeks before the actual event where people clean up their houses and adorn them with a welcome sign.
4. Dussehra
A very popular Hindu festival is Dussehra, this is a celebration for victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. The “Vijay” (victory) is celebrated on Dashmi “tenth day”, thus the festival is termed as “Vijaydashmi”. This festival is mostly concentrated in the Northern parts of the country. The legend of the actual fight between Lord Rama and Ravana is dramatized with enactments of Rama, his brother Lakshmana, Sita, Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna, and son Meghnath. The plays consists of the climax of the famous battle. The climax takes a further turn with the shooting of the effigy of Ravana by a fireball. Excitement and applause from the crowd is seen as the climax turns into a full blown celebration.
5. Holi
Holi is a colorful festival of India celebrated during spring season. The festival acts as an equalizer between different socioeconomic communities by eliminating differences, and bringing people closer to each other. Its believed that there used to be an evil ruler called Hiranyakaship. His pride and strength had overpowered himself so much that he started to believe that he was more powerful and worth worshipping even more than Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipus own son, Prahlada, was a devotee of Vishnu. He ordered young Prahlada to sit on a pyre in the lap of Holika, Prahlada readily accepted his fathers order, and prayed to Lord Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, Prahlada survived unharmed while everyone watched in amazement as Holika burnt to death. The salvation of Prahlada and burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

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