Festivals in India: between myth, religion and tradition

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India is a land of mythology and celebrations, legend, religion and tradition. Here a party as an essential aspect of the socio-cultural life of the people. As a matter of fact the festivals reflect the culture of the people. Vibrant colors, music and festivities enliven the country throughout the year. There is a celebration for every religious occasion, for every change of season and for every harvest.

Main events

The main festival celebrated all over India are:

Diwali, which is perhaps the best known of the Indian festivals and usually takes place eighteen days after Dusshera. It ‘s the “festival of lights”, when every town and village glows with millions of electric lights, candles and oil lamps that illuminate the houses and public buildings.

A special feature of the festival is the worship of Laxmi, the goddess of health and prosperity. The exchange of sweets and the ignition of fireworks invariably accompany the celebration of the feast.

Holi, which is the exuberant color festival, usually celebrated in March, which marks the end of winter. Basic is to pull each other water and colored powder.

Dussehra, which literally means the tenth day. It marks the end of the ninth day of Navratri and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. It will set fire to the effigies of Ravan paper, Meghnath and Kumbhakarnan, filled with firecrackers.

Id-ul-Zuha, which is a celebration observed by Muslims to commemorate the offering of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son and it is the most celebrated Islamic festival in India.

Id-ul-Fitr, which is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims and is considered an occasion to celebrate and rejoice.