India is a vibrant country and what really add to its gleam are the attractive and alluring fairs and festivals. India is often known as the county of fairs & festivals considering the pulsating charm and charisma in the country and the excitement among the natives for each event!
Indian festival calendar is chock-a-block with events in some or the other part of the country. So, whether it is the first day of their Mythological calendar, a season change, a birth anniversary of the lord, or just another day; Indians just need an excuse to have a gala time and make merriment. Travelling to India would never be complete if you do not get pleasure from the round-the-year festival bliss in the country. This post will talk about some major festivals and fairs in the country to help you plan your trip accordingly and enjoy the celebrations-
The World-Famous Cattle Fair: Nagaur Fair in Rajasthan
Highlighting the fleet-footedness of the Nagaur Bulls, this cattle fair is hosted to trade the bulls not just within the country but abroad as well. The sellers of camels, cows and bullocks flock together in their traditional, multi-colored costumes with mirrored patterns, vivid turbans and long moustaches to add to the charm of the fair. Organized in Jan-Feb every year, Nagaur Cattle Fair also hosts time-honored games and sports, stimulate a shopping spree and a lot of merriment.
The Indian Festival of Colors: Holi
Celebrated throughout the country, holi is a vibrant festival when people daub bright colors on each other. The festival is also celebrated with splashing colored water on each other and lobbing water-filled balloons. Holi is celebrated in March every year. Visit Barsara, Mathura-Vrindavan or Bihar for an amazing experience.
The festival of Farmers: Baisakhi
To celebrate the year-long effort, farmers and cultivators make merry on the festival of Baisakhi when they harvest their yield in the month of April. Visit Punjab to utterly rejoice the time of singing and dancing, while in Assam and South India, you can celebrate Bihu and Pongal respectively on the same date.
The Victory of Truth over Evil: Dussehra
To celebrate the victory of Lord Rama over the evil Raavan, Dussehra or Vijaya Dasami falls on the 10th day of Navratri (a nine-day long celebration with fasting and Garba dancing observed throughout the country). The fire-cracker stuffed effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are set alight at sunset. The festival is best celebrated in Kullu, Himchal Pradesh and in the city of Mysore, in South India.
The Popular Festival Of Lights: Deepawali
Deepawali is celebrated with a lot of fervor throughout India. People decorate their houses with lights and flowers. They also visit all friends and relatives to exchange gifts. Undeniably, if there’s ever a chance to experience the sweet and welcoming India at its best, it’s surely on Deepawali. The festival is celebrated during the autumn season in Oct-Nov every year and it is also the best time for shopping in India as major discounts and deals are made available on clothing, home appliances, food items etc.
Enjoy the Grand Maha Shivaratri Celebration
Shivaratri is celebrated in Feb or March every year. Every Shiv Temple across the country is heavily decorated with flowers, leaves and lights for this day. Devotes observe fast and celebrate the festival for the entire night. Definitely visit a Shiv temple in India on Maha Shivratri to enjoy the grand celebration.
Celebrating the Birthday of a Notorious God: Janmashtami
The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with immense devotion in August every year. Apart from the grand decorations in homes and temples, Janmashtami is also a time for dressing up in some vivacious, traditional dresses such as lehangas & cholis, and dhotis & kurtas. Prefer to celebrate Janmashtami is Mathura- Vrindavan in Madhya Pradesh.
Frenzied Burst of Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan
Pushkar celebrates a lively and vivacious fair in the month of November. Pushkar Fair, an International event is the world’s biggest camel fair where camels, horses and cattle flock together to participate in races and parade. Visitors enjoy watching the amusing performances of jugglers, acrobats, snake charmers and fire-eaters.
The Quirky and Splendid Hemis Festival in Ladakh
The famous Hemis Festival is celebrated with drums, cymbals and long horns in the courtyard of Hemis Gompa. This celebration is accompanied by the impressive masked dances performed by the Lamas. A colorful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight of the festival. The Hemis Monastery is 45 kilometers from Leh. You can reach by air or road.
Festivals incite a great mood and spirit in the country; so what stops you from exploring the spirit of India during some best days of the year? One can utterly enjoy the festive seasons in India with great zeal and passion.
Author Bio: Natalie Brooke is a travel enthusiast who loves to visit different parts of the world and cherishes the cultural heritage in various countries, particularly in Asia. Her article on Venice Hotels has got much popularity over internet.