Important Holidays in India
is certainly one of the most culturally diverse countries that you will
ever visit. There are various religions followed within India including
Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Because of this diversity, the list
of religious holidays observed is quite long.
Certain regions of India have a more
dominant religion, so look this up before you travel so that you know
what kind of holidays to expect. India has three official national
holidays observed all over the country as well as some religious
holidays which are nationally observed. On these days, no alcohol is
Republic Day (26 Jan)
India celebrates that on this day in 1950 the Constitution of
India came into place. This replaced the Government of India Act. The
largest celebration on this day is hosted in the capital city New
Delhi, in front of the president of India at the Rajpath.
Independence Day (15 Aug)
This day commemorates India's independence from Britain which
took place officially on the 15th of August in 1947. Once again, main
celebrations are held at New Delhi where the national flag is hoisted
at the Red Fort by the Prime Minister. All over the country, flags are
raised and the flag's colors are worn. Many parades and events are
Ghandi Jayanti (2 Oct)
This day is celebrated as Mahatma Ghandi's birthday, who is considered
India's "Father of the Nation". It is also observed internationally as
the day of non-violence. Tributes and prayer services are held all over
India but most noticeably at Ghandi's memorial, Rajghat situated in New
Religious holidays celebrated by all of India
Below is a list of religious holidays and festivals celebrated by the whole of India:
- Nag Panchami (Hindu): Hindus worship cobras and married women visit
their premarital family home. This is meant to bring siblings together
to celebrate the well-being of the family.
- Dussehra (Hindu): A festival dedicated to worshiping Durga, a Hindi deity.
- Diwali (Hindu): One of the most iconic Hindu festivals also known
as the Festival of Lights. Clay lamps filled with oil are lit to
symbolize good over evil and firecrackers are let off. Families gather
sharing snacks and sweets.
- Christmas day (Christian): The commemoration of the birth of Jesus
- Day of Ashura (Islamic): The climax of the mourning of Muharram. It
marks the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson
in the Battle of Karbala.
- Mawlid (Islamic): Celebrates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad
- Eid ul-Fitr (Islamic): Marks the end of the Ramadan fast and is also known as the Sweet festival
- Eid al-Adha (Islamic): The honoring of Prophet Abraham who was
willing to sacrifice his son on God's command as well as his son's
willingness to be sacrificed. Also known as Feast of the Sacrifice.
It is very important that you be aware of the different holidays in
India so that you can plan your trip appropriately, whether you want to
participate in the different activities and festivals or avoid the
hustle and bustle altogether.
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