North India Festivals

North India is rich in festivals in India. There are numerous festivals are to celebrated in Northern India but some famous festivals are most celebrated like Holi, Deepawali, Dussehra, Id, Christmas, Guru Govinda Singh Jayanti etc. India is a land of multi religion and there is unity between all religions. Thus, all festivals are to be celebrated by all religion like Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian. Each and every festival celebrated in North India has a legend associated with it. From harvesting festival to the festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, North India celebrates a variety of fairs and festivals.

Lohari

Held In: January
Location: Mostly In Punjab

It is the famous festival which is celebrated in the Punjab of north India. On this day the children go from door to door and collect funds for the community bonfires which are lit in the evening. Lohri is a community festival, where the birth of a son or the first year of marriage is celebrated with great fun and frolic. People gather around the bonfires and offer sweets, crisp rice and popcorn to the flames. Songs are sung to the beat of energetic claps and greetings are exchanged.

Id- Ul- Fitter

Held In: January
Location: All locations of India.

This festival is celebrated by Muslims at the end of Ramzan. Prayers, family get–togethers and feasts are the major highlights of the celebrations. Idi or presents of money are given to the youngsters by the family elders, conveying their blessings.



Mahashivaratri

Held In: February
Location: All locations of north India. Especially it is celebrated in Varanasi.

This festival is celebrated by Hindu in month of Magh or Feburary. On this day offer the prayer to Lord Shiva and also offer special food made from the fruits of the season, root vegetables and coconuts to Lord Shiva. The devotees fast for the whole day and in the night eat the Prasad offered to Shiva. Special celebrations are held in some of the major Shiv temples at Varanasi.

Vasant Panchami


Held In: February
Location: All locations of north India. Especially it is celebrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

This is also celebrated by Hindu in welcome to spring season on the fifth day of the waxing moon of Magh or February. People offer the prayer to Maa Saraswati. They wear the new colorful dress especially in bright shades of yellow and participate in dance, music and merriment. The festival is celebrated with great fervor in the university town of Shantiniketan in West Bengal. Maa Saraswati is the goddess of Vidya. So this is mostly celebrated by students.

Taj Mahotsav

Held In: February
Location: Agra

The Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in Agra for almost ten days. This festival brings together the finest Indian crafts and cultural nuances at one place. It is a festive introduction to India and Uttar Pradesh. Folk music, Shayari (Poetry), classical dance performances, elephant and camel rides, games and food festival are the part of the festival.

Surajkund Craft Mela

Held In: February
Location: Surajkund, Delhi Holi

Surajkund Crafts Mela is a delightful handloom and handicrafts fair which is held annually at Surajkund in Delhi. This fair is celebrated in order to prop up the traditional Indian handicrafts. Skilled artisans and craftsmen display their skills and crafts in a rural setting. Cultural programs and rural cuisine are also a part of this colorful fair.

Holi

Held In: March
Location: All over the country of India

Holi is the most famous festival of India known as festival of color. It is a spring festival which is celebrated normally over two days in the month of March. On the evening of the first day bonfires are lit, to symbolize the destruction of evil. On the next day the people throw colored powder and water on each other and exchange sweets. Lord Krishna is worshipped by various people to commemorate the destruction of the female demon Putana by the Lord Krishna on that day. There are lot of verities of foods are to be made on holi.

Rama Navami

Held In: March
Location: All over the country of India. Especially it is celebrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Rama Navami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated all over the country, particularly in Uttar Pradesh. During the eight days preceding the birthday it is considered auspicious to read or listen to the epic Ramayana. So the celebrations involve reading and staging of the Ramayana in various folk forms. Mostly people put fast for nine days and offer the prayer of Lord Ram and Goddess
Durga.

Khajuraho Dance Festival

Held In: March
Location: Khajuraho

Khajuraho Dance Festival is a weeklong dance festival which is held every year during the month of March in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. This dance festival is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department and is promoted as one of the major cultural event in Khajuraho. This dance festival is organized against the background of the famous Khajuraho temples built by the Chandela kings. During this dance festival various classical dances are performed which feature the best artistes of the country. This festival has earned a great deal of reputation among the local and foreign tourists.

Baisakhi

Held In: April
Location: Punjab

Baisakhi is celebrated as an important day by the Sikhs in Punjab. It was on this day that Guru Govind Singh founded the Khalsa. At all Gurudwaras the ‘Granth Sahib’, the holy book of the Sikhs is read from beginning to end and taken out in a procession by the Panch Pyaras (five senior Sikhs) who are symbolic of the original leaders. After this there is a lot of feasting. In the night the Baisakhi di Raat or Baisakhi da Mela is held in which various folk dances, especially the Bhangra dance is performed and men and women dance to the rhythmic beat of drums.

Good Friday and Easter

Held In: April

Good Friday is celebrated all over India by the Christians. On this day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. Easter Sunday is celebrated on the occasion of the rebirth of Christ, as the triumph of good over evil. It is a festival of rejuvenation of life and living. A popular custom of this feast is the making of Easter eggs with presents for children inside them. Chocolate eggs, small chicks of cotton wool and almond sweets are bought for children.

Janmashtami

Held In:
August

It is the famous festival of Hindus celebrated on the birthday of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated at midnight in all the temples of Krishna all over the country. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm at Mathura and Vrindavan where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Colorful Raslilas, song and dance dramas depicting the life of Lord Krishna are performed all day and night. On this day the night long prayers are offered, religious hymns are sung in temples and various scenes are enacted from Lord Krishna’s early life.

Rakshabandhan

Held In:
August

Raksha Bandhan is the famous Hindu festival which is celebrated mainly in north India. This is a festival when brothers and sisters reaffirm their bonds of affections. The sisters tie colourful threads or rakhis on their brother’s wrist wishing for their long life. The brothers in turn promise to protect the honour and help them in adversaries and also gave them gifts. This is festival of love of brother and sister.

Navratri

Held In: October

Navratri is the longest Hindu festival which is celebrated all over India. This festival is celebrated for nine consecutive nights in praise of Lord Rama and goddess Durga. During these nine days and nights, there is continuous chanting from the great epic Ramayana and as well as various performances from the episodes of his life also known as Ramlila. Mostly it is celebrated in Gujarat, West Bengal. Every night people gather in courtyards to perform the folk dance, Garba, Dandiya. It is a community dance in which men and women dressed in festive clothes, dance in pairs with dandiyas or painted wooden sticks. Vijaydashmi or Dussehra, the 10th day, is celebrated with feasting and rejoicing as day of victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Lord Rama is said to have worshipped the Goddess, seeking her blessing in order to overpower the evil force of Ravana, the abductor of his beloved Sita. This is also called the dussehra.

Diwali

Held In: November

It is one of the most widely celebrated and most beautiful festivals of India. Diwali is the brightest and noisiest festival of India. This festival comes after the 21 days of Dussehra. According to the legends the Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his 14 year exile in the forest. It is said that the people illuminated their houses and streets with earthen oil lamps to welcome the Lord. Even today almost every one illuminates their houses with oil lamps, candles and electric lights, decorate their houses and distribute the sweets to each other. Rangolis (designs on floor) are drawn with different colored powders to welcome the guests. On this special day the goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped. In the night, the people wear new clothes, illuminate their houses, worship the goddess Laxmi, burn the firecrackers and exchange the sweets.

Christmas

Held In: December

Christmas is celebrated by the Christians all over India and world on 25th December. Christmas is celebrated due to the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. The Christmas spirit pervades in the market that also offer attractive bargains. On this day the people exchange greetings and gifts and offer prayers in Church.
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