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India: the land of festivals. list of Indian Festivals.

We live in a country where there are many festivals. We should be proud that our country has very rich and joyful festivals which is celebrated throughout the land. Festivals are priceless and all the people who lives here celebrate them together.

Every state in the country have their local festivals and there are some festivals which is celebrated all over the country. There are so many festivals that we cannot discuss all at one time so today we will learn about some most famous and important festivals which are celebrated in the country or worldwide

List of Indian festivals:

1. Diwali:


Diwali is celebrating through the country as well as worldwide. Diwali is very important festival in Hindu religion. It is believed that on this day Lord RAMA along with his wife SITA and his brother LAKSHMANA was returning home after 14 years of exile in the forest.

He has finished battling and overcoming the demon king RAVANA, who had abducted SITA. Lord RAMA had taken the help of lord HANUMAN along with monkey army as well as army of bears. People of Ayodhya lit up the lamps and celebrated with firecrackers the victory of Lord RAMA and safe return of queen SITA.

So, from that day every year we celebrate Diwali same way throughout the world.

2. Dussehra:

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Dussehra is also one of the important festivals in Hindu religion and celebrated very joyfully. It is believed that on the day of Dussehra lord RAMA had killed demon king RAVANA after a long battle.

So, from that day it is celebrated Dussehra which is also known as Vijayadashami.

3. Holi:

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Once a demon king named HIRANYAKASHYAP who was very egoistic won the kingdom of earth. He commanded everyone in his kingdom to worship only him, but his son PRAHALAD become a devotee of Lord NARAYAN and he refused to worship his father.

HIRANYAKASHYAP tried several times to kill his son, but Lord VISHNU saved him every time. So, the king told her sister HOLIKA to take PRAHALAD in her lap and sit on Fire.

HOLIKA had a boon that she will not hurt herself in fire, but she didn’t know that it only works when she is alone. PRAHALAD was sitting on her lap and just chanting the name of Lord NARAYAN, and he came out unharmed. So, from that day everyone is celebrating HOLI as the festival which has victory over evil.

4. Ganesh Chaturthi:

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It is celebrated as the birth of Lord GANESHA the son of Lord SHIVA and Goddess PARVATI. It is believed that Goddess PARVATI was the creator of Lord GANESHA.

Once in the fight between Lord SHIVA and Lord GANESHA, Lord SHIVA had beheaded Lord GANESHA, while Goddess PARVATI was gone for a bath. After knowing about the fight Goddess PARVATI was angry and formed in Goddess KALI and threatened to be destroying the world.

By seeing this Lord SHIVA ordered his followers that get a head of a child whose mother had a back to her child. So, they found one Elephant and bring the head of that Elephant and placed his head to Lord GANESHA.

So, from that day we are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi every year.

5. Janmashtami:

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Janmashtami is celebrated on the day when Shri KRISHNA was born. He was the 8th son of her mother DEVKI and Father VASUDEVA. Devki’s brother KANSA was willing to kill all the son’s of Vasudeva and Devki because he knew that 8th son will kill him. But Shri KRISHNA was 9th Avatar of Lord VISHNU.

So, when KANSA came to kill the 8th son he was came to know that Krishna was already gone from here. Shri KRISHNA was with Yashoda and Nand at city Gokul.

So, from that day onwards we are celebrating Janmashtami.

6. Maha shivratri:

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Maha Shivratri is celebrated in honour of God SHIVA. It is believed that at the night of Maha Shivratri God SHIVA performs the heavenly dance (Tandav).

It is a night when all over the country people travel to Jyotilinga and takes a fast. This festival is about overcoming darkness and ignorance.

7. Ramadan:

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Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month of Fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. It is a commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelation. The annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.

It lasts 29 to 30 days from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next moon. The spiritual rewards of fasting are believed to be multiplied during Ramadan.

8. Christmas:

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Christmas is an annual day commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed on December 25th of every year. It is also a national holiday in our country. It is celebrated religiously by Christians as well as culturally by Non-Christians.

For Christians it is believed that God came into the world in the form of man to atone fro the sins of humanity. The exact date of birth is unknown for all of us but than also considered as a primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.

It is believed that on the night of Christmas eve Santa Claus comes and gives many gifts to the children.

We all are celebrating this all festivals happily and with lots of joy. No matter what’s the cast or religion you are, in India all the people celebrates the festivals like their own. We are proud to born in such a rich culture and always wish to born here again and again.

If I have missed any major festival of any of the religion that comment down here and know me about that.

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