India is the land of festivities! A large number of fairs and festivals in the country are celebrated throughout the year, with much enthusiasm and gusto. Infact, these fairs and festivals add color to the mundane everyday life of the people. Some of the fairs and festivals, like Deepawali, have been celebrated in the country since ages and find their origin in the mythological texts and scriptures. Some others have been based on interesting legends, while several of them signify the win of good over evil.
Even the nature of fairs and festivals celebrated in India differs to
quite an extent. A number of festivities have a religious significance
attached to them. Then, there are those that are related to the changing
seasons, basically to the onset of the harvesting season. Many fairs and
festivals of India are celebrated to promote tourism or to promote the
regional arts and crafts, music, dances, etc. Some of them are organized
on a yearly basis to showcase the rich Indian culture and heritage.
Amongst the most important festivals of India are Diwali, Dussehra,
Raksha Bandhan, Bhaiya Dooj, Lohri, Baisakhi, Makar Sakranti, Shivratri,
Janamashtmi, Pongal, Vishu, Onam, etc. Amongst the major fairs of the
country are Kumbh Mela, Ardh-Kumbh Fair, Pushkar Fair, Nagaur Fair, Goa
Carnival, Kutchh Mahotsav, Taj Mahotsav, Surajkund Crafts Mela, etc.
These fairs and festivals generate enthusiasm amongst people and give
them a reason to celebrate. If you want to be a part of these
festivities, visit India during the months of October to March, when
most of these fairs and festivals are celebrated.