India is a land of festivals and fairs. Every day of the year there is a
festival celebrated in some part of the country. Some festivals welcome the
seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate
religious occasions, the birthdays of divine beings, saints, and gurus (revered
teachers), or the advent of the new year. A number of these festivals are
common to most parts of India. However, they may be called by different names
in various parts of the country or may be celebrated in a different fashion.
Diwali, the popular festival of Indians, celebrates
the return of Lord Rama and Sita from exile. Diwali is also called as the
festival of lights. It usually falls between 15 th October and 15 th November.
It is celebrated because on that day hundreds of years ago lord ram returned
home to Ayodhya after 14 years of being into exile.
It also celebrates the day Mother Goddess destroyed a demon called 'Mahisha'
& Victory of Good over evil. The day is celebrated by lighting lamps,
diyas, visiting relatives, feasting, and displaying fireworks.
Other Festivals in India
The word festival means feast day, festive celebration. As kids, when there used
to be festivals the only thing that came to our minds was holidays and sweets
that in turn meant lots of fun. India being a society of may religions there
are a lot many festivals. For the Hindus there is diwali, for the Muslims there
is id, for the Christians its Christmas and for the Parsis it 's the New Year
and apart from all these days there are two other days that are celebrated by
all Indians irrespective of cast, creed or sex. Yes, its 26 th January and 15
th August. i.e. republic day and the Independence Day.
Some other festivals that are celebrated happily all over the country are Onam,
Baisakhi, Pongal, Mahavir Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti, Guru Purnima, Raksha
Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Gandhi Jayanti, Kumbh Mela, Children 's day,
Ganesh Chaturthi and many many more festivals.
Festivals bring joy and happiness in our lives. If we celebrate all festivals
alike we can spread the message of joy, happiness, brotherhood and humanity
among one another and live as one family and community.