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Festival Guide

India's rich cultural and traditional background is portrayed by different Festivals of India. Festivals in India are an integral part of people's life. Here is a spectrum of Indian festivals/fairs and their significance. The jubilant celebrations and the multitude of festivals mark the 'Celebration of India'. Promoting secularism in its most relevant form, festivals bind the country in one sacred thread of love. The commonness in all the celebration is that it celebrates humanity.

Hindu Festivals (Hinduism)

Numerous Hindu festivals being celebrated round the year all over India, surfindia brings you a complete description of every Hindu festivals along with the rites & ceremonies associated. In Hindu religion both animate and inanimate are considered sacred and that is the reason why we have hundreds of festivals and fairs in Hindu Calendar every year.

Bhai Dooj, Dhanteras, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturathi, Hanuman Jayanti, Holi, Karwa Chauth, Diwali, Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivaratri, Naag Panchami, Navratri, Onam, Pitr-Paksha, Raksha Bandhan, Rama Navami, Teej, Pongal, Sri Krishna Janmashthami, Vasant Panchami, Vinayak Chaturthi, Pushkar Fair, Maha Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh, Taj Mahotsav

Islamic Festivals (Islam)

A number of Muslim festivals are celebrated in India like Muharram, Bakri Id, Ramzan, Id-I-Milad, Shab-I-Barat etc. The Muslim festivals based on the Hijra which follows pure lunar reckoning do not correspond to any particular date or month of the Gregorian Calendar. Get precise knowledge on different Muslim festivals celebrated in India.

Ramzan (Ramadan), Eid-E-Miladulnabi,  Shab-E-Barat,  Id-Ul-Fitr,  Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id),  Giaravahin Sharif,  Muharram

Festivals of the Sikhs (Sikhism)

Sikhs also celebrate a number of festivals in India which include the Prakash Utsavs (birthday), Gugaddi Divas and Joti Jot Divas (martydom day) of all the ten gurus along with First Prakash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib. Besides this, Baisakhi is also celebrated as the day of origin of Khalsa Panth. The martydom of Four Sahibzadas is also celebrated by performing Sewa and attending Kirtan (Religious hymns) at Gurudwaras (Religious Temples). Here are some further details.

Baisakhi,   Gurupurab,   Maghi,   Bandi Chorrh Divas (Diwali),   Lohri,   Holla Mohalla

Christian Festivals (Christianity)

Christianity has been a powerful cultural force and historical influence. Christmas is the prominent Christian festival, celebrated with great fanfare all over India. Apart from the Christians, people belonging to other religions also take part in the celebrations of the festival, which is its specialty. Easter and Good Friday are observed with utmost religious fervor. In this section, we have given complete information on the celebration of the popular Christian festivals in India.

Baisakhi,   Christmas,   Easter Sunday,   Shrove Tuesday and Lent,   Holy Week : Palm,   Good Friday

Bahai Festivals (Bahai Religion)

India, the land of vibrant culture and ethnicity, is known for the celebration of a number of colorful festivals in myriad ways. Followers of the Bahai faith have strong belief in the teachings of the Bahaullah and propagate the oneness in all religion theory. Bahai festivals such as Naw Ruz, Ridvan, Ayyam-l-Ha bring out the best from the Bahai faith. These festivals are one unique display of celebration.

Naw-Ruz,  Ridvan,   Bahai Fast ,   Ayyam-I-Ha

Buddhist Festivals (Buddhism)

The Buddhist religion based upon the teachings of its founder Gautam Buddha, is also practiced in India. Festivals like Buddha Purnima, Losar etc are celebrated by Buddhists in India with great devotion & joy. Experience some facts about the youngest religion of the world.

Buddha Purnima,   Hemis Gompa,   Losar,   Ullambana

Jain Festivals (Jainism)

By religiously practicing and spreading the message of Ahimsa (non-violence) and peace all over the world followers of Jainism celebrate their popular festivals like Mahavir Jayanti. The festivals truly bring out the richness associated with the popular Jainism religion in India.

Mahavir Jayanti,   Paryushan Parva

Judaism Festivals (Judah Religion)

In this secular nation, people following different religions coexist in harmony. One God and One World this theory forms the basis of Judaism followers. The festivals associated with Judaism such as Purim, Yom Kippur and Chanukah are reflection of the amazing grace and calmness linked to Judaism. Here is a detailed information.

Pesach / Passover,   Rosh Hashanah,   Yom Kippur,   Chanukah,   Purim,   Shauvout, Succoth and Simchat Tora

Zoroastrian Festivals (Zoroastrianism)

The rich cultural heritage of India attracts the Western world during the celebration of important festivals. Good thoughts, Good words and Good deeds are the three fold paths on which the followers of Zoroastrianism are actively devoted. Jamshed Navroz and Gahambars are counted amongst the popular festivals associated with Zoroastrianism in India.

Zoroastrianism Festivals - Gahambars,   Khordad Sal,   Zarthost No Deeso ,   Jamshed Navroz