Top 24 Most Popular Festivals in India

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Festivals in India are an expressive, meaningful way to celebrate heritage, traditions, and culture. Festivals play a significant role in our social lives and connect us with our families and backgrounds. They are not just celebrations, but they celebrate life and break the humdrum of daily routine by bringing excitement and happiness. They are including religious festivals, carnivals, arts festivals, changing seasons, and food and agriculture festivals.

Festivals of India reflect the country’s culture. In-country like India, there are uncountable festivals celebrated. Indian love celebrations and call for celebrations for small and big occasions. They celebrate with colours, music, dance, food, and folk songs. Each festival reflects its culture, traditions, and flavour. Here are some Indian festivals:

1- Makar Sakranti Festival in India

Makar Sankranti is considered the real new year of Sikhs and North Indians that is celebrated one day after Lohri. Gujaratis also celebrate this festival by the name of “Uttarayan”. Makar Sankranti festival is dedicated to the Hindu religious sun god Surya. During Makar Sankranti, God’s worship is performed to seek his blessings for the new year. Unlike other Hindu festivals where dates are decided by lunar cycles, Makar Sankranti’s dates are set according to solar cycles. 

Hindu’s New Year is celebrated every year on the 14th of January. They celebrate it at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, which is the beginning of the agricultural cycle for farmers. Gujaratis celebrate this festival by the name of Uttarayan. Makar Sakranti is known in India by different names, for example, it is celebrated as Maghi Bihu in Assam, Maghi in North India, Pedda Panduga in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Sukarat in Central India, and Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Other states like West Bengal, Bihar, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tripura, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh also celebrate Makar Sankranti with its name. People celebrate the day with several traditions, like taking a dip in the Ganges, flying kites, offering water to the Sun God, and eating special food like savoury ‘Bajre ki khichdi’ and sweet ’til ladoo’.

2- Pongal Festival in India

It is a harvest festival to thank Nature, Sun, and the many farm animals that contribute to a plentiful harvest. Pongal is a religious festival celebrated by the Tamil community in India and Sri Lanka. It will begin on Friday, January 14 and ended on Monday, January 17, the date may vary from year to year. People celebrate the four-day-long harvest festival by preparing the Pongal dish and wearing their traditional attire. 

At this famous festival, people celebrate by dancing, cattle races, bonfires, sweets, and savouries. People design houses with a variety of Kolam designs, it is a traditional floral design made with rice, coloured powders, and flower petals.

3- Basant Panchami Festival in India

Basant Pancham is a Hindu festival, dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, and learning. This festival is also known as Vasant Panchami. All educational institutes including schools and colleges celebrate this day throughout India. It is annually celebrated during Spring on the 5th of February and the date may vary from year to year.

It is vastly celebrated in the states of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, and Haryana. Farmers of these states rejoice and harvest crops. Rajasthan’s people offer jasmine garlands to the goddess, and langars are held in the state of Punjab. They honour the Goddess Saraswati on this day by decorating their homes with yellow flowers, wearing yellow outfits, and making yellow dishes like sweet saffron rice and kadhi.

4- Maha Shivratri Festival in India

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, the God of Destruction. Among the devotees,  they hold great reverence for Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri has a great significance in Hindu mythology, which is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun. It is celebrated monthly in the lunisolar calendar, according to the Hindu calendar. They celebrate it in late winter and in approaching summer. This year the festival will be held on the 1st of March. The date of Maha Shivratri may vary from year to year.

Shivratri is celebrated because Lord shiva protects the world through the blue poison that is kept in their throat, which emerged during Samudra Manthan. After this happened, Shiva became ‘Nil Kanth. ‘It is believed that whoever worships and fasts to Lord Shiva on this day attains salvation and redemption from their sins and for unmarried and married women to attain marital bliss. People also visit temples and witness celebrations. North India and Nepal celebrate this wonderful festival.

5- Holi Festival in India

Holi is one of the famous festivals of India that is also known as the festival of colours. The festival is considered an invocation for a good spring harvest season. It is also a celebration of the victory of good over evil, the destruction of the demoness Holika. It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna which happens in early March of the Gregorian calendar, it will take place this year on the 18th of March “The exact date changes every year”. Most Indian countries celebrate this festival. People in Holi celebrate the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and the blossoming of love. 

On the eve of the Holi festival, people make huge Holika bonfires, after that they sing and dance around it. During the day of Holi, people gather in wide, open areas and apply wet and dry colours of multiple hues to each other. They also play with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons. These activities that happen during the Holi festival spread joy and happiness. Holi festival day is a good time for people to meet each other, eat sweets, play and have fun, and repair broken relationships.

6- Mewar Festival in India

The Mewar is a religious and cultural festival, held every year in the month of March-April. This year the Mewar festival will begin on the 4th of March, and the date may vary from year to year. It is celebrated to mark the beginning of the spring season. Mewar Festival is famous for its age-old legacy, it boasts the rich traditional culture, and heritage of the Mewar Region. It is celebrated in Udaipur, the city of lakes with joy, and happiness. It is considered an important part of the culture and tradition in Udaipur. 

This festival has been celebrated since when the Sisodia Dynasty was ruling India. The Mewar festival concurs with the Gangaur festival which holds special importance for women. The festival is full of colours and women become actively taking part in the many celebrations. During the festival, different parts of the city of Rajasthan, Udaipur, boast a colourful look and also people enthusiastically take part in this festival.

7- Baisakhi Festival in India

Baisakhi has been a harvest festival for a long time. People celebrate it in Punjab that is an area of northern India. A few years later, the Baisakhi festival became so important to Sikhs. So Baisakhi harvest festival become important for Sikhs and Hindus. It is celebrated by farmers during the harvest time of the spring season, it is usually celebrated on April 13 or 14 every year but this year it will be held on the 14th of April “The exact date changes every year”. At this time of the year, wheat can be seen grow and swing all across Punjab. Farmers at that time feel ecstatic and delighted especially when they see their crops grow.

At the Baisakhi festival, farmers prepare delicious food such as “Sarso ka Saag” along with Makke ki roti or cornmeal chapati. They perform local folk dances such as Giddha and Bhangra with high excitement and enthusiasm, and they also decorate their houses. The festival has a great religious significance in India because it coincides with the day when the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, laid out the foundation stone for the Panth Khalsa.

8- Bihu Festival in India

Bihu is also a harvest festival that is celebrated in Assam and a few other North-eastern states to indicate the end of the harvest season. It is mainly celebrated to seek god’s blessings to avoid any harm that comes to the crops as farmers prepare for the harvest. People celebrate Bihu three times a year. It comes at the beginning of the spring season and is celebrated for seven days. This year the celebration will begin on the 14th of April “The exact date changes every year”.

It brings along singing, festivities, dancing, laughter, and feasting. Feasts are held with a lot of fanfare. Men and women happily wear their traditional clothes and perform the traditional Bihu dance to celebrate the new year in the village fields and courtyards. People prepare their traditional cuisines such as Coconut Ladoo, Fish Pitaka, Ghila Pitha, and Til Pitha.

9- Thrissur Pooram Festival in India

The Thrissur Pooram is an annual festival that is celebrated in Thrissur, Kerala, India. Thrissur is considered the capital of Kerala, and the land of Poorams. This area is known for its churches, mosques, and ancient temples. Every year the Thrissur Pooram is held in various temples of the state, though the centre of attraction is the Vadakkunnathan temple.

This festival is a wonderful merging of the spiritual and cultural essence. It is also the most colourful temple festival that happens in Kerala. This year the Thrissur Pooram festival will be celebrated on the 10th of May “The exact date changes every year”. On this day, many temples are invited to pay honour to Lord Vadakkunnathan at the Vadakkunnathan temple. 

During the Thrissur Pooram festival, there is a grand display of elephants comprising over 50 elephants decorated with golden ornaments. There is also a display of dazzling parasols, fireworks, and percussion music. People from other countries come and gather to celebrate this festival. Celebrations for Thrissur Pooram last about 36 hours.

10- Buddha Jayanti Festival in India

Buddha Jayanti is a Buddhist festival and is considered the most important of festivals of Buddhists all over the world. Buddha Jayanti festival is also known as “Vesak, Buddha’s Birthday, Buddha Purnima, Buddha Pournami”. It is celebrated as the birthday of Gautama Buddha who introduced the philosophy of Buddhism around the world.

Many Indian countries celebrate Buddha Jayanti such as Darjeeling, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Kurseong, Maharashtra, and Bodh Gaya. It is celebrated during the full moon of May, this year it will take place on the 16th of May “The exact date changes every year”. People also celebrate Buddha Jayanti to commemorate the enlightenment.

At the Buddha Jayanti festival, in the morning a procession is held and a formal program of cultural events. At night, the Temple of Maya Devi will be decorated with a lot of lamps. On the other hand, people dress in white, attend Buddhist teachings, and give out a rice pudding “kheer”, according to legend, a woman named Sujata offered Gautam Buddha a rice pudding on his birthday and it has since become a tradition. Also during the festival, the dharma chakra or dharma wheel is a symbol often seen during the day.

11- Eid Ul Fitr Festival in India

Eid is one of the important festivals of India for the Muslim community. It is considered the start of Eid and the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. It is on the 1st day of the month of Shawwal of the lunar Hijri calendar, which lasts for three days. Most of the country is being on holidays, such as most businesses, the general population, and schools. This year, Eid ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 2 in India. After seeing a new crescent moon and confirming by religious authorities.

People celebrate Eid by praying, feasting, and having family gatherings. They dress up in new and wonderful clothes and attend a special prayer in the morning at the mosques. They also visit their friends, and relatives and exchange sweets. Parents and elder relatives, give children idi (money), to make the children happy.

12- Ratha Yatra Festival in India

Ratha Jatra is a Hindu festival, which is held at Shri Kshetra Puri Dham in the state of Odisha, India. It is considered the biggest and the most popular festival of Lord Jagannath. This oldest festival not only takes place in India but also may take place in other countries around the world.

This year, the Hindu festival Ratha Jatra will take place on the 1st of July “The exact date changes every year”. At the Ratha Jatra festival, people gather at Puri Jagannath Temple in the Indian state of Odisha. A procession is held by putting the idols of Goddess Subhadra, Lord Jagannath, and Lord Balabhadra on a chariot and then taken out for the procession.

13- Hemis Festival in India

The Hemis Festival is an important festival that takes place in India. It is celebrated in grace of the sage, Padmasambhava which is also known as Guru Rimpoche. The festival celebrates his birthday. Rimpoche is believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Buddha. The festival takes place in the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Hemis Gompa, Ladakh. The monastery was established in 1672 AD by king Sengge Namgyal.

This year the Hemis Festival will be celebrated on the 8th of July and lasts two days “The exact date changes every year”. Every year, people all around the world come to witness such a festival. Priests dressed up in colourful costumes and masks. There are soothing chants and cham dance. Priests perform Cham dance to the tune of the traditional music of drums, trumpets, and cymbals, played by the monks.

14- Raksha Bandhan Festival in India

Raksha Bandhan is a popular, traditionally Hindu festival, which plays an important role in strengthening the bond of kinship and embodies family values. It celebrates the special bond between a brother and his sister in India especially in North, Central and West India. Raksha Bandhan is taken place on Purnima or the full-moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan and corresponds to August of the Gregorian calendar.

This year it will take place on the 11nd of August “The exact date changes every year”. There is another festival that comes after the Diwali festival, it has a strong similarity to Rakhi, which is known as Bhai Dooj. And there is also a festival which is held in South Aisa and has the same name. Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun are the first people who celebrate Raksha Bandhan.

Signifying the bond between brother and sister, on the day of Rakhi Bandhan, the sister performs Aarti (prayer), gives her brother a tilak and ties a rakhi (a sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist wishing him well-being and happy life. In return, her brother vows to protect his sister. On that day, the streets decorate, and markets show up with a colourful variety of rakhis and sweets.

15- Janmashtami Festival in India

Janmashtami is the most important religious festival in India. This festival celebrates the birth of Krishna who is one of the most popular deities worshipped by Hindus. Krishna Janmashtami, have been born in 3228 BC, he was also known as Gokulashtami. This festival is very popular in Mathura and Vrindavan.

People will celebrate this day on the 18th of August by fasting throughout the day and breaking it with a special meal after dusk. They also pray, dance, and sing bhajans at midnight. Some people visit temples where picturization of Krishna’s life story are depicted in the “Jhaankis” of Lord Krishna, there is also some image of Krishna in temples. Kids also celebrate this day by dressing up as Lord Krishna.

According to the legends, Krishna was born on the 8th day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada, which is located between August and September of the Gregorian calendar. Number eight is also significant in the Krishna legend, in which he is the eighth child of his mother, Devaki.

The Krishna Janmashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, one of the most popular deities worshipped by Hindus. He have been born in 3228 BC. His birthday is celebrated eight days after Raksha Bandhan, a festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters.

16- Independence Day Festival in India

Independence Day is an important day for celebration because it celebrates the freedom of India and it will take place this year on the 15th of August. It is a national holiday celebrated annually that marks the end of British rule in 1947. After India’s independence, Jawaharlal Nehru was sworn in as the 1st Indian Prime Minister on August 15, 1947.

Indians celebrate the first independence of India after the declaration of Purna Swaraj that India became independent from the British Empire, they celebrate Independence Day with great enthusiasm across India and feel patriotic, and they also fly kites, attend ceremonies, and wear the tricolour of their country flag. On Independence Day,  the prime minister visits the Red Fort monument for a flag-raising ceremony.  After that, the salutation is given by fired twenty-one gunshots. Television broadcasts the event nationwide. 

17- Onam Festival in India

Onam is an important national festival of India, which is celebrated to honour the kind-hearted demon King Mahabali. He was a demon king who belonged to the Asura tribe. According to many Vaishnava mythology, King Mahabali defeated the Gods and began ruling over all three worlds. Onam festival bonds the history, culture, colours, and beliefs of Kerala together. 

According to the legends, King Mahabali is believed to return to Kerala during the Onam festival. Oman will begin on the 30th of August and ends on the 8th of September, which usually is in the month of Chingam of the Malayalam calendar that matches August or September of the Gregorian calendar “The exact date changes every year”. Indians make flower carpets to celebrate Onam, which is called Pookalam. They decorate their homes, houses, and streets with Pookalam.

People hold an enormous Pulikali procession “artists dressed and painted like tigers and hunters” and Vallamkali “spectacular snake boat race”. They dance traditional folk dances such as Thiruvathira, enigmatic Kaikottikali “clap dance”, and Kathakali. On other hand, there is an indispensable part of the festival, the Onam Sadya, which is a feast consisting of about thirteen vegetarian dishes or more served on a banana leaf.

18- Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in India

Ganesh Chaturthi festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesh who was the god of wisdom and prosperity. He is also considered a role model for writing, commerce, good fortune, and travel. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This year, the festival will take place on the 31st of August, the first fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which matches August or September of the Gregorian calendar. And lasts for 11 days.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu religious festival that is celebrated throughout India, but especially in the state of Goa and Maharashtra. Indians considered this day as a new beginning, bringing good luck, and the removal of any obstacles. Lord Ganesh is identified by his elephant head, although he has many attributes.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also considered a colourful festivity. Enormous handcrafted Ganesh idols are designed and installed in homes or outdoors. Pujas are performed in the morning and the evening, and Pujas means the worship ritual performed by Hindus. On the last day, Indians immerse an idol of Ganesha in a water body, which is called the day of Visarjan. There are also many activities of singing and dancing.

19- Navratri Festival in India

Navratri is one of the famous festivals of India, which represents the celebration of the feminine divine worshipped by Hindus. These days are full of fasting, faith, and devotion. This festival will take place from the 26th of September to the 5th of October this year “The exact date changes every year”. These nine days take place in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which matches September or October of the Gregorian calendar. It holds most people celebrate Navratri throughout India in different ways, especially in many northern and western states. Indians are dressed in beautiful, colourful traditional clothes. 

Fasting is a famous tradition of the Hindu religion, which performs throughout the festival. Some families fast, only having milk, water, fruit and nuts followed by a full meal after sunset. Other people only drink water and have a simple meal at night. The festival is also full of dance, the worshippers dance the Garba, a traditional dance in which you clap your hands while going around in a circle, and the other dance is called Raas. They also dance by using dandiya sticks which are usually wooden and decorated with ribbon. During the rhythm of the music, they hit the sticks together.

Do you know what Navratri mean? Nav means nine and Ratri means nights. It is a special festival full of colours, which have an important role in this festival, so every day people can wear a different colour throughout the festival. Let’s see:

Day 1:  The first day’s colour is Red, which indicates Strength.

Day 2: The second day’s colour is royal blue and it is associated with a calm soul but also powerful.

Day 3: The third day’s colour is yellow, which is related to great power.

Day 4: The colour of the fourth day is green, which symbolizes greenery, growth, and freshness.

Day 5: The colour of the fifth day is Grey, which represents the fear of the mother when her child is in danger.

Day 6: The colour of the sixth day is orange, which represents bravery, enthusiasm, fascination, and happiness.

Day 7: The colour of the seventh day is white, which represents purity, innocence, peace, and tranquilly.

Day 8: The colour of the eighth day is pink, which represents love, kindness, hope and a fresh start.

Day 9: The colour of day’s colour is Sky Blue, which represents awe at nature’s splendour.

20- Durga Puja Festival in India

Durga Puja is one of the famous and important festivals of India, which represents the celebration of goddess Durga for killing the demon, Mahishasura. Durga fought the demon for 10 days. People celebrate the victory of the goddess Durga. Durga Puja is celebrated in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, Bihar, and other eastern Indian states. It will begin from the 1st of October to the 5th of October “The exact date changes every year”.Durga Puja will take place on the 10th of Ashwina Shukla paksha according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which matches September or October of the Gregorian calendar. 

The celebration may celebrate over five days. Not only is Durga worshipped on this day, but also Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Ganesha, and Karthik. There are many activities people can do during Durga puja. Streets are filled up with lights, songs are played by loudspeakers, and recitation of hymns and chants by priests. People go to a “Pandal”, which is a place where the idol of Goddess Durga is kept. People start the festival by installing handiwork goddess Durga idols in various pandals. Durga idols hold different kinds of weapons in ten hands and sit over the Lion.  They do all rituals and prayers inside the pandal. Pandals are erected by communities. People go around the pandal for hoping, praying, and feasting, they also dress in traditional wear. A lot of food stalls are set up along pandals that sell many kinds of street foods. People also in some of the states such as West Bengal, wear new clothes every day.

21- Dussehra Festival in India

Dussehra festival is the most famous festival of India in the Hindu religion. People celebrate in different forms countrywide, especially in northern and western states of India Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. This festival celebrates the triumph of Rama, who is an avatar of Vishnu over the king Ravana who has 10 heads because he abducted Rama’s wife, Sita. Dussehra festival is also called Dasara or Vijayadashami, in Hinduism. Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit words, which means Dasha “ten” and Hara “defeat”.

Dussehra festival starts on the first day of Navratri and continues for nine days. Every year Indians celebrate Dussehra in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which matches September or October of the Gregorian calendar. This year the Dussehra festival will come on the 5th of October “The exact date changes every year”.

This festival has various stories behind it so the festival is celebrated in different ways. During the Dussehra festival celebration, some people make huge idols of demons King Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad, then burn them down with fireworks to remember the witnesses that usually good wins over Evil. On other hand, some celebrate in honour of Maa Saraswati, who is a Hindu Goddess of knowledge and arts. 

22- Diwali Festival in India

Diwali is one of the most notable Hindu festivals in India. People celebrate during the festival the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, after 14 years of long exile. People also celebrate Diwali to honour the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Diwali takes place on the darkest new moon night of Kartik month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which matches mid-October to mid-November in the Gregorian Calendar. This year the Diwali festival will take place on the 24th of October “The exact date changes every year”. This festival lasts for five days.

People celebrate this festival with a lot of pomp, fireworks, and show, so during it, people decorate houses with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves as well as clean their houses. They also wear new clothes and participate in the family puja. They love sharing sweets with friends, families, and neighbours. 

The word Diwali means “row of lights” in Sanskrit “an Ancient language of India”. People have beliefs that the lights and lamps may help Lakshmi to find a way for people’s homes, which may bring prosperity in the next year. People also make wonderful patterns made using colourful powders and flowers, it is a popular Diwali tradition that is called Rangoli. They also draw rangoli on the floor by the entrance of their homes to bring good luck.

Hindus, who live outside India gather at places of worship that are called mandirs to leave offerings to deities and eat yummy food together. In the United Kingdom, in the city of Leicester, thousands of people gather to celebrate Diwali outside of India, they gather in the streets to enjoy shows of light, music and dancing.

23- Gurpurab Festival in India

Gurpurab festival is considered the most important Sikh festival in India. This year Gurpurab festival will take place on the 8th of November, it happens on the full moon day in the month of Kartik of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which matches November of the Gregorian calendar. This festival marks the birth of the first Sikh of the ten Sikh gurus, Guru Nanak Dev Ji “the founder of Sikhism”, who believed that he brought enlightenment to the world. So people celebrate the lives of Guru Nanak and the nine gurus who followed him, he preaches the Sikh faith, teaches, writes, and travels around the world to teach religion to Muslims and Hindus.

People celebrate Gurpurab by preparing varieties of dishes “langer” such as Chana dal, Kada prasad, Kheer, Sheera, Jalebis, and more are served. In the early morning at around 4 or 5 am, Sikhs begin with the hymns “soulful Bhajan-Kirtan”, followed by the combination of Kathas “lectures on Sikhism” in the praise of the Guru. After that, a special community lunch (Langar) is organized, and then night prayer sessions are held at Gurudwaras.

Sikhs celebrate Gurpurab by reading continuously from beginning to end of the Sikh holy scriptures with an Akhand Path, which is called the Guru Granth Sahib. Each team of Sikh men and women read for two or three hours over 48 hours. This session begins two days before and ends early on the morning of the festival. Sikhs who are unable to visit the Gurdwara do a similar ritual in their own homes.

The Gurdwaras are places for Sikhs to go for prayer. The Sikhs decorate the Gurdwaras with flags, posters, and flowers that describe many aspects of Sikhism. Sikhs also serve “Karah Parsaad”, a kind of halwa “sweet-tasting food”, which is made from semolina or wheat flour, sugar and ghee, Karah Parsaad has been blessed and they serve it warm.

24- Christmas Festival in India

The celebration of Christmas in India marks the birth of Jesus Christ. It is not celebrated in India only, but also all over the world. All family members celebrate Christmas from elders members to children regardless of their religion. Christmas this year will take place on 25th December. Children this day wait for surprise gifts from Santa Claus. All churches will be decorated with lights, flowers, and candles to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus.

Compared to other religious festivals in India, Christmas is considered a small festival because of the small number of people who are Christians, they are about 2.3% of citizens (about 25 million of the population). Mumbai is considered the largest Indian Christian Community. Chrismas is specially celebrated in the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram, which have high populations of Christians.

Christians usually put small oil-burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes because they believe that Jesus is the light of the world. On Christmas day, church bells ring to announce that Christmas Day has arrived. Christians also hang out huge paper lanterns, in the shape of stars, between the houses.

Christians go carol singing for about a week before Christmas. They also prepare sweets and share them with their families, friends, and neighbours, such as Dodol, which is a kind of sweet like toffee that has cashew and coconut inside it, and Neuros, which are pastries that are stuffed with dry fruit and coconut.

Christmas Trees are a popular tradition that uses for Christmas celebrations. Instead of traditional Christmas Trees, Christians use banana trees, mango trees, or any kind of trees, and decorate them. Some Christians use mango leaves to decorate their homes.

Here are Indian Festivals according to their Names, Months, and Dates (2022)

Indian Festivals according to their Names, Months, and Dates
Makar Sakranti FestivalJanuaryFriday, January 14
Pongal FestivalJanuaryPongal 2022 began on Friday, January 14and ended on Monday, January 17
Basant Panchami FestivalJanuarySaturday, February 5
Maha Shivratri FestivalMarchTuesday, March 1
Holi FestivalMarchFriday, March 18
Mewar FestivalApril4th–6th April.
Baisakhi FestivalAprilThursday, April 14
Bihu FestivalAprilBegins on 14th April
Thrissur Pooram Festival May10th May
Buddha Jayanti FestivalMayMonday, May 16
Eid Ul Fitr FestivalMayEid al-Fitr 2022 in India began on Monday, May 2
Ratha Yatra FestivalJulyFriday, July 1
Hemis Festival JulyJuly 8th to July 9th
Raksha Bandhan FestivalAugustThursday, August 11
Janmashtami FestivalAugustKrishna Janmashtami 2022 will begin on Thursday, August 18 and end on Friday, August 19
Independence Day FestivalAugustMonday, August 15
Onam FestivalAugustOnam 2022 will begin on Tuesday, August 30 and end on Thursday, September 8
Ganesh Chaturthi FestivalAugustWednesday, August 31
Navratri FestivalSeptember, OctoberNavaratri 2022 will begin on Monday, September 26 and end on Wednesday, October 5
Durga Puja FestivalOctoberDurga Puja 2022 will begin on Saturday, October 1 and end on Wednesday, October 5
Dussehra FestivalOctoberWednesday, October 5
Diwali FestivalOctoberMonday, October 24
Gurpurab FestivalNovemberTuesday, 8 November
Christmas FestivalDecember25th December

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