As India is home to different religions, there are a lot of festivals related to these religions.
Pongal is a festival celebrated by the people of Tamil Nadu. Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or to spill over." The boiling of milk in clay pot signifies material abundance in the households of the rural folk. more
Makara Sankranthi is also a harvest festival and falls around the same time. The festival is celebrated with a lot of fervor all over India. According to the lunar calendar when the Sun moves from the tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn it can be identified as the beginning of the harvest festival and also the end of the north east monsoon. more
The festival of Mahashivaratri falls on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Krishna Paksha means the period of waning moon. more
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. more
Ugadi /Gudi Padwa:
This festival marks the beginning of new year in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka. This festival is known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. more
Sriram Navami is followed to celebrate the birth of Lord Sriram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The nineth day (Navami) in the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra is referred to as Ram Navami. more
Durga Puja is an important Hindu festival which is marked by worshipping Goddess Durga during a period lasting 9 days. Celebrations of Durga Puja are visible throughout the country especially in the state of West Bengal where it is very grand. more
Diwali is also called the festival of lights and is one Indias most popular festivals. The festival is celebrated by lighting diyas and candles to drive away the darkness of Amavasya. more
A beautiful festival to celebrate the beautiful relationship that a brother and sister share: that is Rakhi. Feasting, merry making, gifting are the highlights of the day, together with the inherent religious elements. more
Eid ul-Adha (Bakrid):
Eid ul-Adha (Bakrid) is the Festival of Sacrifice. Eid Al-Adha begins on the 10th of Dhu'l-Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and lasts for four days. It begins the day after Muslims on the Hajj descend from Mount Arafat. more
Christmas festival, which marks the birthday of Jesus Christ, is celebrated in almost all parts of the country with lot of pomp and gusto. It is a national festival, even though Christian population is only about 2.3 percent in India. One of the legacies of the British rule is; Christmas is called ‘Bara Din’ or Big Day, and on this day the entire country is in a festive mood. more
Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday.Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. more
Or Buddha Jayanti commemorates the birth anniversary of the Lord Buddha. It is widely celebrated on a full moon night in Vaisakha according to the Hindu calendar and usually falls during April or May.
Guru Nanak Jayanti:
Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru and the founder of the Sikh religion, was born on the full moon day in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. Hence, his birthday is celebrated as Guru Nanak Jayanti.
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanthi:
Guru Gobind Singh was the last and the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. This tenth Nanak or Sikh Guru was born at Patna Sahib on 22nd December, 1666, on Poh Sudi Saptmi. His birthday falls in the month of December or January or sometimes twice a year as it is calculated according to Hindu Bikrami Calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar
Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Day:
This religious occasion is celebrated in the month of November or December. Of the ten Gurus in the Sikh Faith, Guru Tegh Bahadur is one eminent personality and is much honoured by the Sikhs for his valor and spirituality.
Also known as Baishakhi. Is an ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region, which also marks beginning of a new solar year, and new harvest season.