Culture & Festivals
India is the seventh-largest and is set to become, demographically the youngest nation in the world by 2030. With 29 States and 7 Union territories and as many as 22 official languages, religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity India truly embodies the spirit of unity in diversity! The country, its people, art, culture, heritage and the education system blends tradition and modernity seamlessly.
India believes in “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (the world is a family). A secular nation, tolerant of each other’s beliefs, customs and values it celebrates Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights), Eid (Islamic religious festival) and Christmas (birth of Jesus Christ) among others with equal fervor.
Art forms such as dance and music are integral to India. Bharatnatyam, Odisi, Kathakali, Kathak, Kuchipudi are various dance forms and Hindustani and Carnatic are two major music styles which celebrates India’s heritage. World famous dancers Uday Shankar and Pandit Birju Maharaj to musicians such as Ravi Shankar, Zubin Mehta and Oscar winner AR Rahman; award-winning authors such as Amitava Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, Salman Rushdie all underline the rich cultural legacy of India.
Pongal is a major festival in South India. It is celebrated 4 days, as a Harvesting Festival of Tamils in India. Pongal comes on 14th January each year. Indians do cook delicious stuff on this day, shares sweets, dance and Enjoy. I guess every Foreigner must visit Pongal in India.
First of all, I guess you already know about Holi. Almost all the foreigners know about Holi before landing. You will throw waters on your mates, put colors on mates faces, can eat stuffslike Pakode. Enjoyment in this Festival in 100% real.
Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in India. On this festival, you can eat lots of sweets, of different types and flavours. You can also experience magnificent fireworks in Sky, during Diwali Night. I will give 10/10 to this Festival. Diwali generally comes in October or November.
The population of Christians in India is not very large as compared to religions like – Hinduism and Muslim. Still, There are quite awesome celebrations for Christmas. People throw parties, calls fake Santa Claus, distributes chocolates, candies etc. Christmas here in this country is Amazing too.
Onam is a festival which is mostly celebrated in the southern part of India. This Festival celebrated with a heap of Enthusiasm in Kerala. The best part of this festival is the boat race. If you’re a foreigner visiting India and must this Festival in India – My friend you’re having some great loss.
Bihu festival will help you to experience some Indian village smell and the ‘Desi’ dance. Bihu festival is one of the greatest festivals of Northeast India. There are 3 Bihu Festivals in one year – in April, in January and October. Folk songs and Dance in Bihu Festival is really mesmerizing.
It is a 10-day festival but the major celebrations are done on the last day of this festival. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated very popularly in Mumbai, so if you’re in Mumbai ever, during the time of Ganesh Chaturthi – Don’t forget to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi festival generally come in September/October.
The Legends says it doesn’t matter which religion you belong to – when you want to be happy. Another Major Festival of India is Eid, On EId you can learn more about Muslim culture. On Eid, you can eat varieties of tasty food items. You will also learn about Muslim brotherhood during Eid.
Navratri is a 9 day long Festival in India, celebrated across the whole country. According to Hinduism, 9 Goddesses are worshipped in 9 days of Navratri. You will watch some unmatchable faith and awesome dance during Navratri.
Lohri is celebrated on 13th January during winters in India. Mostly Hindu and Sikh people Celebrate Lohri in Northern India. You can enjoy some Punjabi Bhangra dance with some sweet snacks around a bonfire in Lohri.