Hindu Holidays & Important Indian Festivals

India is a secular state and festivals are the colors of this nation. Indian festivals have always remained a source of temptation for all the foreigners because of the stories, myths, tales, superstitions and culture and traditions associated with them. Indian festivals can be divided into several categories and the fact is that even if you divide these festivals into categories, it is still quite difficult to tell the exact number of festivals celebrated in India. Let us begin with these festivals.

Important Hindu Holidays on Festivals

Hinduism can be considered as a majority religion in India and Hindus have a lot of important festivals to celebrate. Throughout the year, there are certain festivals which remain the source of happiness for Hindus. The most important and popular Hindu festival is Deepawali (a row of diyas). Deepawali, also known as Diwali is a festival of lights and holds utmost importance for all Hindus in India. Apart from Diwali, other important Hindu festivals are Holi (the festival of colors), Dussehra (Victory of good over evil), Onam (the festival of Kerala with snakeboat race being an exciting activity), Pongal (marking the crops harvest in Tamil Nadu), Rakshabandhan (the festival to celebrate relationship between brother and sister) and endless list of other festivals too. The important Indian festivals celebrated by Hindus are done with a lot of reasons, customs and traditions and are also based on agriculture focus.

Important Muslim Festivals

As described earlier, India is a secular state with people of all religions, caste and creed celebrating different festivals in their communities. Important Muslims festivals celebrated in India include Bakri-Eid or Eid-ul-Zuha, Baraj Wafat or Eid-e-Milad (festival of rejoicing and mourning) and Eid-ul-Fitr which marks the end of Ramzan season for the Muslims.

Important Sikh Festivals

Sikhs celebrate two main festivals in India- Gurupurav and Baisakhi. Baisakhi is celebrated as the New Year Day in Punjab. It is therefore a festival of rejoicing and great celebrations. Gurupurav is celebrated by Sikhs as the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Sikhs carry out processions on this day and read their holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.

Important Christian Festivals

Over the past few years Christian festivals, primarily Christmas is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India. You will also find thousands of Christians living in the South India and therefore this festival has not just confined itself to the Western culture, but has also been brought to the Indian culture by Indian Christians.

National Festivals

Indian festivals with history in mind are celebrated with great feeling of patriotism. The national festivals of India like Independence Day, Republic day and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated with true feeling of oneness and patriotism in India.

India is a land of rich traditions, colors and diversities and you will find all kinds of festivals being celebrated here. Indian festivals give you a glimpse into true Indian culture indeed!